Netbooks expected to die out by 2015

The netbook era could officially come to an end by 2015, one research firm has stated.
According to a report from IHS iSuppli, demand for the laptops dropped from 14 million shipments last year to four million in 2013 and a recovery is not likely between 2014 and 2015.
The document predicted that this year, only 3.97 million netbooks will be sold, which is little more than ten per cent of the total for 2010 (£32.14 million units). It is also a 72 per cent drop from last year.
Meanwhile, in 2014 the forecast for sales stands at just 264,000 units, another decline of more than 90 per cent.
Craig Stice senior principal analyst of computer platforms at IHS iSuppli, said netbooks shot to popularity after their launch because they were optimised for low-cost, before blaming their decline on Apple.
“Netbooks began their descent into oblivion with the introduction in 2010 of Apple’s iPad,” he explained.
It is not just netbooks that have experienced dwindling sales – the rise of the tablet has also triggered a drop in the number of PC shipments over the last few years.