Since 2010, Apple’s iPad has dominated the tablet field in terms of sales. However, IDC predicts that the iPad’s market share will shrink to 50% by 2016. Come 2016, Microsoft’s Surface (and/or other tablets Microsoft may release) is expected to alter the iPad’s status, with Windows tablets projected to occupy over double the market share predicted for 2012.
In-fact, by 2016, Windows tablets are expected to take up over 10% of the market, an incredible increase from the rather meager 2.9% that Microsoft currently occupies.
Good news for the Android haters, though, as Google’s dominance is forecast to fall to lower than it was last year, from 39.8% (2011) to 39.7% (2016 est.).
However, although market shares will fall (for most), the total amount of tablets sold will increase massively, with a predicted 282.7 million units to be sold in 2016. To add some perspective, IDC predicts that by the end of 2012, 122.3 million tablets will have been sold. So Apple can expect more than double its current tablet sales in 2016.
The chart below shows the tablet sales for 2011, 2012 and 2016 from IDC.
Via: Apple Insider