Large Screen iPhone 6 Will be a Game Changer for Phablets
If rampant speculation about Apple releasing a new large-screen iPhone 6 proves correct, it could be a game changer for the fast-growing phablet market.
A new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that worldwide phablet shipments (smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5 to less than 7 inches) will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014.
If that projection pans out, it will be a figure greater than the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship during the same period. Next year, IDC adds, total phablet volumes will top 318 million units, blowing well past the 233 million tablets forecast to ship in 2015.
"With Apple expected to join the space in the coming weeks, we anticipate even more attention on phablets as larger screen smartphones become the new norm," asserts Melissa Chau, Senior Research Manager with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
All told, IDC expects phablets to grow from 14.0% of the worldwide smartphone market in 2014 to 32.2% in 2018.