With days to go before the launch of the iPad 2, ABI Research has released figures that show how dominant the current Apple iPad is in the rapidly expanding tablet market especially in the third quarter of last year.
Of the 4.5 million units that were shipped, 93 percent - that's 4.19 million - were Apple iPad of various configurations (there are six different models available) and ABIresearch says that these media tablets were "promising new talent"; unsurprisingly Apple's shipment figures which were announced back in October 2010, perfectly match ABI's data.
In addition, Jeff Orr of ABI Research, noted that “Over time, Apple’s first-to-market iPad advantage will inevitably erode to some extent"; the iPad 2, which will launch next week, will witness a rapidly changing landscape, fuelled by the arrival of Google's Honeycomb mobile platform.
There are already a number of big format tablets in the pipeline; the Motorola XOOM being the most talked about of them all, followed by the Samsung Galaxy Tab II, the HTC Flyer, the Toshiba Tablet, the HP Touchpad, the RIM Blackberry Playbook and the Cisco CIUS.
Ebooks also performed exceedingly well fuelled by the 2010 holiday shopping season with the US still considered to be the leading market for eBook readers where Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Sony are still the market leaders.