Shipments of mobile PCs are forecast to reach 762.7 million globally by 2017, up from 367.6 million last year, according to an NPD report released Monday. Most of that growth will come about as tablets replace traditional notebooks as the dominant device and as touch screens wend their way to more notebooks. For the purposes of its report, NPD DisplaySearch classifies a tablet as another type of PC rather than as a separate, unrelated device. "The mobile PC industry is undergoing significant change this year," NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim said in a statement. "The rapid rise and establishment of white box tablet PCs (tablets made by small local brands, mainly in China) is putting pressure on traditional notebook PCs. These low-cost tablets are reaching further into emerging regions where notebook PC penetration rates have remained low, resulting in cannibalization by tablet PCs."Tablet shipments are projected to hit 579.4 million by 2017, up from 256.5 million this year -- a 126 percent increase. By contrast, notebook shipments are likely to drop to 183.3 million in 2017 from 203.3 million in 2013 -- a 10 percent decline. However, shipments of touch-screen notebooks will surge by 48 percent from this year to next year.
Touch screens among notebooks will be found mainly in ultraslim notebooks, otherwise known as ultrabooks, according to the report, Ultrabooks now account for around 66 percent of all touch-enabled notebooks, But that number will shoot up to 80 percent by 2017, Intel, for example, has stated that any ultrabook powered by its new Haswell processor must include a touch screen, Microsoft has geared Windows 8 toward touch-screen devices as well as traditional PCs, But the latest version pineapple top iphone case of Windows won't play a big role in convincing consumers to go touch screen, says NPD DisplaySearch, Rather, touch-screen demand will be driven by lower price tags and different types of devices, including hybrids, convertibles, and sliders..
"Thus far, Windows 8 has had a limited impact on driving touch adoption in notebook PCs, due to a lack of applications needing touch and the high cost of touch on notebook PCs," Shim said. "Form factors aimed at differentiation from standard clamshell notebooks will help to drive consumer adoption of touch-enabled notebook PCs, starting in the second half of 2013."But what can you get right now? Check out our list of the best laptops on the market. Mobile PC shipments are expected to hit 762 million by 2017, thanks to demand for tablets and touch-screen notebooks, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
The changes have been suggested by the government, and would relax some of the legislation governing how networks put up masts and antennas, the BBC reports, Namely, operators would be able to fix more antennas to walls, and use more 'microcells' to boost network capacity, We'd need fewer sites for base stations pineapple top iphone case too, as networks would be encouraged to share masts, like a mobile version of car sharing, Budge up O2, Three needs a little more room, The government hopes that relaxing the rules will kickstart the spread of high-speed mobile networks, like the 4G spectrum recently doled out to Three, Vodafone and O2 (joining Everything Everywhere's existing network), And we're going to need it, if the numbers are anything to go by..
In this edition of Ask Maggie, I answer two questions from readers who highlight this point. In the first question, a reader asks if he can avoid hefty international roaming fees by getting his brand-new Samsung Galaxy S4 phone unlocked so that he can use a foreign carrier's wireless service while he is abroad in Spain for the summer. He also asks if he can really get 4G service in Europe. In the second question, another reader wants to know why he is being forced by his carrier to pay for a data plan for a smartphone that is only used for text messaging and voice calls.