Tuesday, September 18, 2012
IHS: Tablet Display Shipments To Grow 56% In 2012, Smaller Tablets Gaining Share
Apple's iPad is the primary driver?responsible?for a 56 percent annual bump in shipments in the tablet display market, according to a new report from supply chain research firm IHS. Total shipments are expected to hit 126.6 million units, up from 82.1 million last year, with larger devices including Apple's iPad driving the bulk of those shipments. But the 7-inch market is growing quickly, and will account for a much larger percentage of the tablet industry in 2012 than it did in 2011. 9.x-inch displays will account for the majority with 59 percent, but 7.x-inch displays are projected to grow in shipment volume from 20.8 to 40.1 million units between last year and 2012. That'll give it 32 percent of the overall tablet display market by the end of the year, versus just 26 percent in 2011, and IHS expects that trend to continue.