He noted that 70,000 3D-equipped or 3D-ready TVs, on average, were now shipping to retailers monthly, and that the number shipped would likely fall somewhere in the 2 million to 2.5 million range by the end of 2010 – “a pretty good adoption curve for a new technology,” he said – with 70 percent of the 3D sales volume likely occurring in Q4.
DuBravac cited a June-conducted sales associate survey on 3D that revealed 80 percent of respondents noting a high level of interest in 3D among their customers. However, half said consumers were still confused about the format.
Tablet and netbook computers, in iPad form and in all their other permutations, are expected to rapidly fill the screen-size market void that existed between five inches (smartphones) and 15 inches (laptops). “This year,” he said, “the first real year of tablets, we’ll see six million to eight million reach the market, with many introductions trickling into 2011, when they will really come into their own.”