Apple's touch-screen iPad tablet has only been out for a few days. But a study has found that by 2015, the majority of kids under age 15 will be using computers that feature a touch-screen display.
According to market-research firm Gartner, the younger generation could lead the way in touch-screen computing. The firm said it believes about 50 percent of the computers that will be bought for kids aged 15 or younger in 2015 will feature a touch screen. In 2009, that figure stood at just 2 percent of PCs.
Gartner also predicts that the enterprise will see an increased adoption of touch-screen computers, but at a far slower adoption rate. Fewer than 10 percent of computers sold to corporate customers in 2015 will boast a touch screen, the research firm said.
The increased adoption of touch-screen PCs in the consumer space and a slower adoption rate in the enterprise is mainly due to legacy enterprise products that require certain operating systems to work, Gartner said. The consumer market's greater willingness to use devices that don't have a mouse or keyboard will also contribute.
Further boosting the chances of children using touch-screen computers in 2015, Gartner believes that the education space could see substantial adoption of those devices. "Over half, and possibly as many as 75 percent" of school districts could opt for touch displays within the next five years, the firm said.
The result, Gartner said, is a rather interesting phenomenon. For the first time, an entire generation of children won't be uncomfortable using touch displays. In fact, today's children will feel right at home with touch screens.
"As with many recent technology advances, touch adoption will be led by consumers and only gradually get accepted by the enterprise," Leslie Fiering, research vice president at Gartner said in a statement. "What will be different here is the expected widespread adoption of touch by education, so that an entire generation will graduate within the next 10 to 15 years for whom touch input is totally natural."