AppleInsider reports today on new figures from NPD Display Search, which project that sales of touchscreen tablets (but really they mean the iPad!) will surpass sales of notebooks by 2016. NPD believes that tablet shipments will rise from 121 million in 2012 to 416 million by 2017, in contrast to the trajectory of notebook shipments, which NPD says will rise to just 393 million from 208 million in the same time span.
On an interesting side note to this story, John Gruber at Daring Fireball remarks on how certain stories, such as this report from NPD, and another report on GigaOm, refer to â€œtabletsâ€ when they really mean â€œiPadâ€, and wonders why this should be.
Source: Led by Apple's iPad, tablets projected to surpass notebooks by 2016
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