The tablet market is still a very new sector in consumer technology and year after year it reaches new heights. The proclaimed king remains the iPad and it seems that its reign will continue until at least 2014, according to some recent analysis by Gartner.
On Thursday the research group released a note in which they reveal new projections for the tablet sector. As 2011 moves into the final quarter, it seems that iPad sales will see a staggering 261.4% increase from 2010 which translates into almost 64 million devices.
The same analysis firm says that Apple's iPad will end 2011 with a 73% market share, slightly down from 2010's 83% market share. If the tablet sector follows the same pattern, the iPad's share could decrease by around 10% each year before levelling out. However, we should consider that the next, improved version of the iPad should boost the tablet's position. Gartner suggest that by 2014, Apple's tablet share will represent more than half of the market.
"We expect Apple to maintain a market share lead throughout our forecast period by commanding more than 50 percent of the market until 2014. This is because Apple delivers a superior and unified user experience across its hardware, software and services. Unless competitors can respond with a similar approach, challenges to Apple's position will be minimal," Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner said.