A report by research firm IHS shows that Apple is likely to be leading the growing tablet market over the next few years. As competitors struggle to keep up, the firm shows that Apple is likely to use the opportunity to ramp up shipments in order to stay ahead .
They expect Apple to ship 44.2 million iPad units in 2011. This would be up from the 43.7 million in 2010 (the iPad was released April 3rd, 2010 and the 3G model on the 30th of the same month). Meanwhile, the global total for tablets expected to ship is about 60 million, which is more than the previous forecasts for the year, 58.9 million. Much of it thanks to Apple’s tablet.
They also expect iPad shipments to reach 120.1 million in 2015, which is an increase from their 97.9 million estimate made previously.
You can have a look at the full report here.
A report by Informa Telecoms & Media says that Android tablets will close in and surpass the iPad in the coming years.