The IDC has some wonderful data we like to take a look at regularly, with their latest report talking about global shipments of smart connected devices breaking through a billion units in 2012.
This marks an increase of 29.1% from 2011, and a mammoth value of $576.9 billion. There are multitudes of smartphones and other "smart" electronics shipped in the past twelve months, but this growth was thanks to a 78.4% year-on-year increase on tablet shipments, busting through 128 million units.
IDC now expects tablet shipments to overtake desktops this year, with their next target - notebooks - for 2014. The desktop market is expected to shrink consistently until 2017, with growth expected to be -1%. The IDC forecasts that companies will ship 190 million tablets across the world in 2013, which if true, would be an annual growth of 48.7%. Smartphone shipments are expected to bulge out by 27.2% to 918.5 million units.