Owing to the overwhelming popularity of Internet connectivity in consumer electronic devices, there will be 50% in the growth of shipments of Internet-enabled consumer devices in 2011. According to IHS iSuppli, a market research form, Internet-enabled consumer electronics device shipments in 2011 are anticipated to reach 241.2 million units, up from 161.0 million units last year and 108.3 million units in 2009. Driven by the popular Apple iPad tablet, which is evolving as the center of the connection universe, this sector is expected to grow continuously at least, over the next five years.
This is evident as during the past several years, the consumer electronics industry entered the era of the connected home, a new and exciting phase that offers users the promise of access to their digital content anywhere throughout the home; whether the media is on a computer, a smart phone, or outside the home.
It is expected that in 2015 , these internet home connected devices will hit 780.8 million units. Increasingly, each Internet-enabled consumer electronics device is vying to become the center of what is known as the digital living room, aggregating content throughout the home and serving up movies, television programs, videos and music.
Of course, the industry is still at infancy and the recent turmoil in the market could actually affect consumer behavior and move some of these devices to discretionary spending.