Apple’s iPad to remain king of tablets

Apple’s iPad will not face a serious competitor until next year, and when tablet rivals do emerge, they will have a hard time matching iPad’s customized applications, according to a report from market research firm iSuppli.

By (Reuters)

Published: Fri 27 Aug 2010, 1:05 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 10:40 AM

The iPad, which likely will account for nearly three quarters of worldwide tablet shipments this year, will hold at least 70 percent of the market in 2011 and 62 percent by 2012, iSuppli said in its report Wednesday.

Apple sold 3.3 million iPads last quarter, which is one of the best starts for a consumer electronic device.

Apple competitors like Hewlett Packard, Dell, and Lenovo are rolling out Android and Windows 7-based tablet devices to rival the 9.7-inch iPad, but they will struggle to compete with iPad’s mix of hardware, software, operating system and applications, the firm said.

“It’s still unlikely that any of the competitors will be able to equal the overall performance experience of the iPad,” said Rhoda Alexander, the firm’s director of monitor research.

Among other possible rivals, iSuppli cited rumors that Canada’s Research in Motion,which makes the Blackberry smartphone, is trying to enter the tablet market with its recent purchase of the domain name “BlackPad.”

It dismissed reports that Google will release a Chrome OS tablet on Nov 26, saying “any touch-enabled Chrome based device would be more likely to appear in 2011 or beyond.”

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