According to IHS tech research firm believes 78 million PCs will ship with touch by 2016, up from 4.6 million in 2012.
In response to decreased laptop prices, nearly 25 percent of all laptops should have touch screens by 2016, IHS stated. Windows 8 is the first version of Microsoft’s popular operating system that works well with touch. The technology has been promising, and many companies have made it known to make more products with touch screens. But up to this point, high pricing and low supply have limited the number of touch-based PCs on the market.
IHS said global shipments of notebooks equipped with touch screens should jump to 78 million units in 2016, up from 4.6 million in 2012. This year alone, it is projected that 24 million touch-based PCs will ship.
A big reason for that jump in shipments is declining touch-screen panel costs. IHS expects displays to cost about $35 this year, compared to $60 to $70 in 2012.
“The current touch-screen price will help spur widespread market acceptance, enabling the production of more affordable touchscreen mobile PCs,” the tech research firm said.
Certainly, the PC industry needs all the help it can get to spur demand. The first quarter of 2013 marked one of the worst periods for computer sales in recent memory.
Tech research firms Gartner and IDC in April said PC shipments posted an ugly double-digit slump in the first three months of the year, the worst since IDC started tracking the figures in 1994. The period marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year shipments decline, and the market is expected to slump for all of 2013.
Many companies, including chipmaker Intel, have argued that touch-based devices will attract buyers to the PC market. As they old adage goes, “High Tides Rises all Ships!” Everyone in the PC supply chain hopes this holds true.