John Paczkowski

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Why Not Just Call it The Decade of The iPad And Be Done With It?

In 2011 tablet sales worldwide topped out at about 60 million units. In 2012 they will rise to nearly double that, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.

The market research firm said today it expects worldwide tablet sales to surge 98 percent to 118.9 million units. Of those, Apple’s iPad is expected to account for a staggering 61 percent. Android tablets will account for 31.9 percent, tablets running Microsoft’s Windows 8 another four percent and RIM’s PlayBook about two percent.

The iPad’s lead in the tablet market is clearly a commanding one and tough to follow, let alone match, as Gartner’s Carolina Milanesi observed in her report on the new data.

“Despite PC vendors and phone manufacturers wanting a piece of the pie and launching themselves into the media tablet market, so far, we have seen very limited success outside of Apple with its iPad,” Milanesi said. “As vendors struggled to compete on price and differentiate enough on either the hardware or ecosystem, inventories were built and only 60 million units actually reached the hands of consumers across the world. The situation has not improved in early 2012, when the arrival of the new iPad has reset the benchmark for the product to beat.”

Worldwide Sales of Media Tablets to End Users by OS (Thousands of Units)

 OS

2011

2012

2013

2016

iOS

39,998

72,988

99,553

169,652

Android

17,292

37,878

61,684

137,657

Microsoft

0

4,863

14,547

43,648

QNX

807

2,643

6,036

17,836

Other Operating Systems

1,919

510

637

464

Total Market

60,017

118,883

182,457

369,258

Source: Gartner (April 2012)


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