iPad's Impact On Notebook Sales Diminishing, Computer Makers Tell Themselves

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Earlier this month we brought you a report about the future of the iPad's impact on the computer market. According to Wall Street projections about the remainder of 2012 and 2013, the the PC market will stagnate as tablets take over. That data predicted the PC market to grow a mere 1.4% in 2013, while the tablet market will grow by 62%. That, of course, is bad news for PC makers, who will see their devices - especially notebooks - increasingly supplanted by tablets like the iPad.

Nevertheless, PC makers remain generally optimistic about the future, according to a recent report from DigiTimes. Citing various sources they say that computer companies like Acer, Asus, and Samsung are optimistic about the future of the notebook market. Others, like HP and Dell, remain neutral. Factors like Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors and the launch of Windows 8 this fall are expected to contribute to a revived demand for notebooks toward the end of this year and into next year.

Since the launch of the first iPad in 2010, the iPad (and other tablets, to a lesser degree) have steadily replaced the desktop computer as the go-to device for users' web browsing and content consumption needs.

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