In 2014, growth in global tablet shipments is taking a steep dive, as consumers upgrade less often than expected. PC shipments, on the other hand, are enjoying a brief easing of their decline.
That's in terms of sales, not screen size. The firm says shipments of the phone-tablet hybrids will reach 318 million in 2015, more than tablet and portable PC shipments.
Emerging markets are still showing interest in new tablets, but that isn't enough to sustain IDC's prior forecast for this year.
Market researcher revises its prediction for global PC shipments in 2014, but it still expects a decline.
The e-commerce giant's fitting room of the future lands at Nordstrom and Rebecca Minkoff stores.
The number of personal computers worldwide is expected to drop 6 percent this year, according to a study published Tuesday.
Increasing demand for big-screen smartphones means tablet sales could be lower than expected, says research firm IDC.
Chipmakers are eager to stake a claim in the new market that promises to make dumb things smart by connecting to the Internet.
Microsoft's mobile OS will surge, after a fashion, amid slower growth for the smartphone industry as a whole, predicts research firm IDC.
The world's biggest chipmaker ended 2014 on solid footing thanks in part to its reinvigorated PC business. However, Intel's mobile division remains a huge drag.