A 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.