You all know the drill, by now. PC sales falling worldwide, tablet numbers rising. Gartner once again beats this drum, as the latest forecasts are in. And it is more of the same from the market research firm.

The big news is that the combined shipments of new devices (PCs, tablets, hybrids, and smartphones) are now projected to reach the dizzying heights of 2.5 billion units in 2014 — this makes for neat 6.9 percent increase from the 2013 numbers.

This growth, Gartner says, will be hampered a bit by PCs, and traditional computers will keep on losing more ground to tablets and other such mobile devices.

In the words of Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner:

“Tablet substitution of notebooks will start to dissipate from this year onwards as consumers and businesses align the right device with the right usage pattern. As they do this, we will see where dedicated devices (such as tablets), or hybrid devices (detachable or convertible devices), fit in the overall portfolio of devices.”

Worldwide shipments of PCs are forecasted to come in at a total of 276.7 million units this year, sinking another 6.6 percent compared to 2013.

And when it comes to operating system numbers, iOS and Mac devices are said to be on track for a little slowness, with overall growth coming in at 34 percent, compared to estimates of 55 percent hikes for the Android platform.

Modern Windows can also expect a good year, with an estimated increase in sales of 16 percent.

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  1. PC will see another slight increase at some point and by then phones and tablets will be leveling out. The leveling of tablets and phones will probably happen sooner than with PCs because their boom happened faster

  2. I think what we’re seeing is the people who can’t afford both a PC and tablet are opting for the tablet because of the price and mobility. Those who can afford both are purchasing both, but at least for now, the “in” product is the tablet, so it’s the consumer’s first choice.

  3. I don’t think tablets are as good as PCs and if I had to choose between one, I’d definitely go with a PC. Tablets are great for a lot of things, but at this point in time, I still think the PC should be selling more.

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