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Apple iPad Wins Tablet Battle As Rivals Contemplate Exit

Apple may have finally slain some of its main rivals as tablet manufacturers including Acer, Asus, Dell and HP amongst others, contemplate exiting the market altogether.

A report from Taiwanese website, Digitimes, written by Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai (opens in new tab) points to the fact that a number of "pure" PC companies are thinking of giving up on the piping hot tablet market for good.

As always, the sources are anonymous, although they purportedly originate from the upstream supply chain which provides components to ODMs and OEMs that require stock months before the actual products are delivered.

The growing presence of the likes of Apple, Amazon and Barnes and Noble in the tablet market - players that have combined their tablets with a complete ecosystem - is expected to make life for pure tablet makers even more difficult.

This is reflected in the market by vendors such as Samsung, Sony and HTC all scrambling to build a decent multimedia offering.

Interestingly, Digitimes claims that demand for the iPad 2, while strong, is lower than that the iPad had experienced, leaving the newspaper to hint that consumers may have already moved on from the tablet PC to the next big thing.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.