Gartner: Apple iPad To Top Tablet PC Sales For Years

Apple's iPad tablet device is expected to dominate the emerging tablet PC market for the next few years, a new Gartner report has claimed.

The research firm has projected that the tablet PC market will grow at a meteorical rate over the next four years, with vendors selling 70 million tablet PC devices this year alone.

Apple is expected to ship 49 million iPad devices this year, more than double the 15 million devices it shipped last year, to control 69 percent of the tablet PC market.

According to an article on The Guardian citing the new Gartner report, Apple's market share will fall to 47 percent in the next four years as other rivals including Google's Android, HP's webOS based tablets and RIM's PlayBook invade the market.

The tablet PC market, which is expected to see 294 million devices being shipped annually, is expected to have a negative impact on the traditional PC and mini notebook market.

“I think a lot of the tablet sales will be additive, not just subtracting from PC sales. But we do see some displacement on the mobile PC side, definitely for mini-notebooks and low-end laptops. It will probably lengthen the replacement cycle for the PCs that are out there,” Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Gartner said in a statement to The Guardian.