According to the latest forecast from IDC, Worldwide smart connected devices are projected to grow 15.6% year over year in 2014, reaching close to 1.8 billion devices.
International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Devices Tracker reveals that smartphone growth is expected to lead the charge as PC and tablet plus 2-in-1 forecasts have been lowered in light of a weak first quarter.
By 2018, IDC estimates shipments will grow to 2.4 billion units.
“Apple’s iOS-ification of Mac OS, and Microsoft’s implementation of Modern UI throughout different form factors are clear indicators that we’re living in a mobile-first world,” explains Jitesh Ubrani, an IDC Research Analyst, quoted in the report summary shared with MMW.
“The PC will be the new accessory to mobile as smartphones become the first and primary computing device for many,” Ubrani adds, noting that IDC expects smartphone shipments to outpace total PC shipments by more than 6 to 1 in 2018.