According to a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) report, Apple's mobile operating system will enjoy a growing trend in the next few years with 2016 seeing the iOS grab a potential 17.3 per cent share of all smart-connected devices.
The list would include computers and laptops, smartphones and "media tablets." For Apple, this means an increase by 3 per cent compared to 2011. At the top of the pecking order will still be Android, expected to reach a 31.1 per cent share of the market by 2016.
The figures reveal last year's popularity of the connected devices to be rather impressive, according to IDC's count. Shipments in 2011 reached 916 million units, with the total revenue to be more than $489 billion.
This year, IDC predicts that shipments are expected to pass 1.1 billion units and by 2016, reach 1.84 billion units. This means an annual growth rate of 15.4 per cent for the next five years.
Apple will claim a significant share of this market: "We expect a large percentage of application developers to continue to focus their efforts on iOS, despite the platform's smaller overall market share, because iOS end users have proven more willing to pay for high-quality apps," predicted Tom Mainelli, research director at Mobile Connected Devices.