In a headline that’s sure to make Jan’s head spin, IDC is predicting that 222.1 million tablets will ship in 2016. I think it’s fair to say they’ll be reassessing that figure on a regular basis until then.
There are a few other semi-interesting predictions, however, including the suggestion that the iPad will grab a slightly larger slice of the tablet pie in 2012 than it did last year.
Specifically, IDC reckons the iPad will account for 62.5% of tablets this year, up a tad from 58.2% in 2011.
"After a very strong launch of new products in March, Apple's iPad shows few signs of slowing down," says Tom Mainelli, research director at IDC.
"The addition of the Retina Display and 4G capabilities to the third-generation products clearly enticed many current owners to upgrade. And Apple's decision to keep two iPad 2s in the market at lower prices—moving the entry-level price down to $399—seems to be paying off as well.
“If Apple launches a sub-$300, 7-inch product into the market later this year as rumored, we expect the company’s grip on this market to become even stronger."
IDC now forecasts 107.4 million tablets will ship in 2012, up from a previous estimate of 106.1 million.