Tablet shipments now expected to hit 117 million this year

New products and growing consumer demand could trigger a surge in global tablet shipments to 117 million for 2012, according to IDC.
The new forecast is an increase over IDC’s previous prediction, which was looking for tablet shipments of 107 million for the year. Peering over the horizon, the research firm now expects shipments to reach 166 million next year, up from its prior estimate of 142 million. And by 2016, shipments could soar as high as 261 million.
“Despite ongoing economic concerns in most regions of the world, consumers continue to buy tablets in record numbers, and we expect…

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