Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will double its share of the U.S. and Western European PC market share by 2011, the research firm Gartner said Thursday. “Apple’s gains in computer market share reflect as much on the failures of the rest of the industry as on Apple’s success,” Garner says.
Actually, Gartner issued a series of 10 predictions on the future of the tech sector today. Here are the rest of them:
- By 2012, 50% of traveling workers will leave their notebooks at home in favor of other devices, including “new classes of Internet-centric pocketable devices at the sub-$400 level.”
- By 2012, 80% of all commercial software will include elements of open-source technology.
- By 2012, at least one third of business application software spending will be as service subscription based, instead of as product licenses. The software as a service model “will enjoy steady growth in mainstream use during the next five years.”
- By 2011, early technology adopters will forgo capital expenditure and instead purchase 40% of their IT infrastructure as a service.
- By 2009, more than one third of IT organizations will have one or more environmental criteria in their top six buying criteria for IT-related goods.
- By 2010, 75% of organizations will use full life cycle energy and carbon dioxide footprint as mandatory PC buying criteria.
- By 2011, suppliers to large global enterprises will need to prove their green credentials via an audited process to retain preferred supplier status.
- By 2010, end-user preferences will decide as much as half of all software, hardware and services acquisitions made by IT.
- Through 2011, the number of 3D printers in homes and business will grow 100-fold over 2006 levels. With a 3D printer, users send a file of a 3D design to a printer-like device that will carve the design out of a block of resin. Printers priced under $10,000 have been announced for 2008, “opening up the personal and hobbyist markets.”