Tablet Owners to Surge by 2016: Report

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Tablets are expected to sweep the market over the next few years, eventually becoming the preferred computing system among consumers, according to a recent report.

While there were 56 million tablets sold worldwide in 2011, that number is set to increase to 375 million tablets sold in 2016, bringing tablet owners to a mass of 760 million tablets by 2016, according to the report by Forrester Research.

PCs, however, will not die out right away. There will still be about 2 billion personal computers in use by 2016, even as tablet sales experience significant growth.

It's estimated that one-third of the tablets will be purchased by businesses and 40 percent of sales will come from emerging markets, according to the report.