iSuppli Analyst Projects Diminished Netbook Growth By 2013
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The principle analyst at iSuppli, Matthew Wilkins, is taking a good look at the netbook industry and predicting falling netbook shipments by 2013.
His numbers say “Netbook shipments are projected to rise 68.5 percent in 2009, with this figure falling to 39.6 percent in 2010 and 13.1 percent in 2013,” which may seem pretty dire; however, he describes his trend as impressive growth regardless.
Wilkins gave a word of advice to netbook manufacturers, telling them “not to fight their falling shipment numbers by overburdening their devices.” His fear is that pushing netbooks to be low-grade notebooks will kill their appeal and exacerbate the problem.
On the other hand, ABI Research is projecting an ungodly number of netbook sales by 2013, so who knows where this thing is going. Wilkins’ words merit consideration at the very least, and if OEMs intend to keep milking netbooks they’d better tread carefully.