Some analysts have recently predicted that sales of Apple's iPad and assorted other tablets -- such as the Amazon Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Acer Iconia Tab -- will eventually outpace that of laptops. This has led some analysts to ponder whether the tablet form factor could, eventually, completely replace the laptop for work. However, a study from research firm ABI Research tells a much different story. Although iPads and other tablets remain very popular in today's mobile marketplace, they're not yet ready to assume the role of a laptop replacement. In fact, use of laptops around the world is on the rise, according to ABI. The report is the result of the company's ongoing Technology Barometer surveys, which polls 8,000 consumers in seven countries every six months. Results of the most recent survey were released May 1, 2012.
Despite strong sales of Apple's new iPad, 33 percent of respondents said that they plan to purchase a laptop during first half 2012.
Only 16 percent of respondents indicated that they plan to buy a tablet during the same period.
64 percent of respondents in the May 2012 survey own a Windows laptop, compared with 61% six months ago.
Apple's MacBook is also winning consumer hearts and minds of consumers, with 11 percent of respondents saying they currently own one, compared with 9 percent of respondents six months ago.
Although Android-based tablets don't appear to be all that popular, Amazon's Kindle Fire helped push the platform's ownership share to 6 percent of respondents in first-half 2012 from 3 percent six months ago.
Apple's iPad just barely beat out Amazon-based tablets, with 8 percent of respondents saying they own one, compared with 5 percent six months ago.
75 percent of respondents say they own a desktop PC at home, compared with 81 percent six months ago.