Apple’s iPad set to revolutionise PC sales, the analysts say

Along with revolutionising publishing, text books and the leisure and tourism industries, now Apple’s iPad’s being slated (slate, geddit?) to save the entire PC industry, driving shipments to climb 20 percent in 2010, at least, that’s what the analysts at Gartner this morning say.

The predict the rising popularity of notebooks and next-generation tablets will cause shipments to climb 20 percent rather than the 13 percent they originally predicted. Cue the iPad hyperbole…

“Apple’s iPad is just one of many new devices coming to market that will change the entire PC ecosystem and overlap it with the mobile phone industry,” said Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst at Gartner, in a statement. “This will create significantly more opportunities for PC vendors as well as significantly more threats.”

Gartner expects up to 10.5 million tablet devices to ship this year. PC shipments should hit 366.1 million units in 2010, up from 305.8 million units last year, they predict.

Whatever next for the iPad? Making toast – should there be an app for that? Slicing bread??

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