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Touch Screens in Tablet PCs Forecast to Reach 60M in 2011

Apple to Consume Majority of Touch Screens for Tablet PCs in 2011 and 2012
Santa Clara, Calif., March 14, 2011
—According to the DisplaySearch Q1’11 Touch Panel Market Analysis update, touch screen shipments for tablet (or slate) PCs are forecast to reach 60M units in 2011. Apple will likely continue to account for the majority of tablet PC touch screens in 2011 and 2012, yet other brands could catch up in 2012 and beyond. DisplaySearch forecasts total touch panels for tablet PCs to reach 260M units in 2016, up 333% from 2011.

“Tablet PCs are the fastest growing application for touch screens,” noted Jennifer Colegrove, PhD, Vice President of Emerging Display Technologies for DisplaySearch. “Most tablet PC products will leverage multi-touch projected capacitive technology, following Apple’s lead. At the same time, a small amount of tablet PCs are using resistive touch, since it is less expense and enables handwriting recognition. There are also some tablet PCs that use digitizers for handwriting recognition and drawing.”

Figure: Touch Screens for Tablet PC Shipment Forecast ( in Millions)