Dropping prices are helping. The average sale price of a tablet will fall this year from $423.33 to $381, and will fall even further after that. That's about half what the average PC costs ($635), IDC says.
PCs are still useful, but tablets can meet most of users' needs, IDC says, and so new sales go to the tablets. "These users have not necessarily given up on PCs as a platform for computing when a more robust environment is needed, but this takes a smaller share of computing time, and users are making do with older systems," says Loren Loverde, the program vice president of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Trackers service.
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