Gartner: Apple will dominate the tablet market for another 4 years

In 2010 Apple’s iPad accounted for 83% of global tablet sales, in 2011 the iPad accounted for 73.4% of those sales. Since its release, the iPad has absolutely dominated the tablet market. Interestingly enough, I saw an article a couple of days ago, suggesting that Apple might be about to change the English language because of this dominance. As you know, nobody buys MP3 players any more, they buy iPods, the two are practically synonymous. Forecasters had suggested that in the same way, soon no one would be buying tablets any more, they’d just buy iPads.

However, as competitors have begun to push out more and more competitive alternatives to the iPad, Apple’s grasp of the market is beginning to slip. According to global research company Gartner, Apple’s share of the tablet market will drop over the next four years, but by 2016, Apple will still hold 45% of the pie.

The slip is no doubt down to the onslaught of Android tablets that has flooded the market since the iPad’s release. For some; the iPad just doesn’t cut it, for others; it is simply too expensive. In more extreme cases, haters a select few will refuse to buy an iPad because it’s an iPad. In each case, customers explore the market for alternatives, and there are some fantastic Android tablets on offer, the Motorola Xoom, the Asus Transformer Prime and the Samsung Galaxy Tab to name a few.

By 2016, there’ll probably be as many different Android tablets as there are people to buy them

A small portion of you will be holding out for the inevitable Windows 8 tablets, which will probably be pretty good too. However, Gartner doubt that they’ll make much of an impact.

Now obviously, we shouldn’t get too bogged down with these predictions, after all, the world is going to end in 2012 they are just predictions, anything could happen to the tablet market between now and 2016. How would you like to see tablets develop in the future? Leave a comment, and be sure to follow me on Twitter for all the latest Apple news, reviews and rumors!

Via: The Telegraph


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