iPad to rule the tablet roost till 2013

iPad to rule the tablet roost till 2013A revised IHS forecast suggests that the tablet boom will continue over the next few years at a faster rate than originally anticipated.

Unsurprisingly, the iPad is expected to perform particularly well, accounting for more than half of all tablet sales through 2013; that’s one year longer than previously thought.

“All the momentum in the media tablet market is with Apple right now,” observes Rhoda Alexander, senior manager, tablet and monitor research for IHS. “The competition can’t seem to field a product with the right combination of hardware, marketing, applications and content to match up with the iPad.

“Furthermore, Apple’s patent litigation is serving to slow or complicate competitors’ entry into some key regional markets. With Apple lapping its competitors, many of whom are still struggling to get out of the starting gate, this remains a one-horse race.”

A whopping 60 million tablets are expected to ship in 2011, up from the previous estimate of 58.9 million, and up 245.9% from 17.4 million in 2010. Holy crap.

And that trend will supposedly continue, as the 2015 forecast has been upped from 262.1 million to 275.3 million.

As for the iPad, it’ll account for 74% of tablet shipments in 2011, and 43.6% in 2015.

We respect the crystal ball’s right to amend its vision of the future as it sees fit, perhaps on a quarterly basis, with a fresh new report and series of graphs to boot.

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blizzard7  Aug. 29, 2011 at 11:26

With Amazon entering the arena shortly and Microsoft bringing in Windows 8 with its touch-optimised interface in about 12 months time, for the first time ever, I'm going to have to doubt an analyst's predictions :p

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 29, 2011 at 11:46

Yes, I think if Amazon don't pull a Nook, they may well kick iAs*... Having said that - yesterday I tried an iPad 2 versus a Galaxy 10.1 and a Packard Bell Liberty (aka Acer Iconia A500)... Honeycomb, though not bad, didn't do it for me. And had I been in the market, I would have bought the iPad. The Android tabs had great features, convenient menu Options etc etc, but to me it lacked polish, and many steps seemes illogical...both Android tabs also were a tad slower than the iPad.
Though...obviously, the iOS pad was more familiar, and I didn't have that much time with the trio...
Another thing though: While the iPad appstore offers loads of impressive iPaddy apps, Google's honeycomb section didn't offer anything that would have made me go to the trouble of buying it.

blizzard7  Aug. 29, 2011 at 12:34

I'd agree with you there, the iPad definitely has more polish than its competitors. Then again, iOS hasn't really changed its appearance since what, 2007. I can't help but yawn every time I see an iOS homescreen.

rolfesuncle  Aug. 29, 2011 at 14:22

The iPad is so last month! The TouchPad is the tablet of choice these days.

Incidentally, Rhoda Alexander says, "“The competition can’t seem to field a product with the right combination of hardware, marketing, applications and content to match up with the iPad", which is interesting, because she seems completely unaware of the far-more-important fifth factor: PRICE.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 20:23

The touchpad proves, price is everything, I don't care my touchpad isn't the best tablet available, it's better than anything else I could have bought for £89, (nearly 1/4 of the price of the equivalent iPad or Galaxy Tab 10.1). Are the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 4x better? No, they're not, the touchpad was the bargain of the decade :D.


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