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Gartner: iPad saving technology spending in 2011

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Wed March 30, 2011

Gartner says iPad, tablets helping save IT costs

Gartner in a study credited tablets, primarily the iPad, to saving tech spending in 2011. Apple and the others following it into the field would help boost IT spending this year by 5.6 percent, to $3.6 trillion. Without them, spending would have gone slightly down, research VP Richard Gordon said.

Analysts also predicted that spending on tablets would swell dramatically in the next four years. It would more than triple this year, from $9.6 billion to $29.4 billion, and would grow at an average rate of 52 percent every year through 2015.

The arrival also helped offset concerns about revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and elsewhere possibly dampening the results.

The prediction if accurate would point to tablets like the iPad becoming increasingly important to business, not just home users. Companies like Dell have claimed that Windows tablets would prevail but also have a vested interest in protecting their established corporate deals. The iPad in 2010 alone outsold all Windows Tablet PCs ever made and had significant play in business despite its mobile OS and lack of expansion.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. gprovida

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    So do iPads count as PCs like Netbooks?

    Net books saved IT spending.

  1. cmoney

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    Joined: Sep 2000

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    Not suprising

    At least by Dell's math, iPads around $1500 so it's not surprising they're gonna affect tech spending.

    Also, I find the conclusion that iPads have "outsold all Windows Tablet PCs ever made" a little presumptuous. I mean who's to say there's not a tablet graveyard out there where Microsoft dumped them all out of embarressment?

  1. gprovida

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    So do iPads count as PCs like Netbooks?

    Net books saved IT spending.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001

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    what's a PC anymore

    I think we have definitively entered the post-PC era... what is a PC anyway but a conventional personal computer in a case with a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

    but the tablet incorporates the monitor and keyboard and has no need of a mouse (despite what some buttcrack-smoking moron at Dell might say)

    so you can call it a tablet category if you want

    then you can talk about smart TVs which have some kind of CPU and storage installed, those certainly are not traditional PCs but it is nonsense to refuse to consider them as part of the PC market at large, at least if you want to talk about spending on PCs and PC-like devices.

    I guess my point is that the lines are blurring and if you really want to talk about overall spending, you have to consider the categories both separately and together since to some extent these devices contain elements of PCs but are supplanting or augmenting PC purchases.

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