Research Forecasts Rise in Worldwide Tablet Shipments

According to a recent report published late last week, the overall shipment of tablet devices is going to rise to near about 53.5 million units by the end of 2011 - almost 3 million more than the previous forecast of 50.4 million units.

This report, published by the leading research outfit IDC (International Data Corporation) has, indeed, brought some much needed good news for the worldwide tablet market which went through a massive setback during the first quarter of the running year, with almost 28 percent decline in the shipment figure.

IDC also claimed in its report that Apple’s latest offering in the tablet market, the iPad 2 continues to dominate over its rivals with a widespread popularity all across the globe. However, even Apple found itself stuck against the wall as the tablet market was going through a tough time during the Q1.

"Like the PC market, Media Tablets had a bit of a challenging quarter in Q1, as concerns about general macroeconomic issues and the post-holiday letdown took a toll on demand," IDC's Vice President, Clients and Displays, Bob O'Donnell, said in a statement.

"We expect the rest of the year to be much stronger, but we believe vendors who continue to focus on the telco channel for distribution will face serious challenges," he added.