iPad 2 To Fuel Apple Tablet Shipments Growth In 2012

Apple may sell up around 55 per cent more iPad tablets in 2012 according to market watchers cited by Taiwanese news outlet, Digitimes.

These analysts reckon that Apple will sell 36 million iPad 2 units and around 55 million next year. Interestingly, last week, Digitimes Research estimated that 40 million iPad tablet will be sold in 2011 which means that next year, that number may rise to 62 million units, just short of the 65.2 million tablets that it reckoned will be sold this year.

Shipments of non Apple tablet devices, on the other hand, is expected to far outstrip that of Apple with a triple digit, year on year growth with Android tablets being the main drivers (and winners).

The arrival of a new generation of system on chip combined with the launch of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich will fuel the growth in shipment of Android-based tablet PCs from around 20 million units to up to 45 million units.

The Nvidia Tegra 3 is likely to be the first member of the new generation of quad core SoC that will be launched from the end of September onwards. The chip is said to provide with five times the graphics performance of the Tegra 2.