iPad will lose dominance by 2016

John Moe Mar 14, 2012

In short, it’s not that iPad will stop growing, it’s that Android tablets will grow faster. That’s according to analysts at IDC who say the iPad’s share of the market has already slid down this year. It still leads but it won’t forever. By the year 2016, Android will be the leader, says IDC, as more and more Android tablets emerge from multiple carriers and the tablet market begins to resemble the smartphone market.

Here’s a chart:

If IDC is right, it’s good news for Android, not especially bad news for Apple (which has shown so far that it can consistently make better tablets), and terrible news for Research In Motion, Microsoft, and anyone else because they are slowly getting squeezed out.
But here’s where it gets a little weirder and also bleaker for Microsoft and RIM: 84% of businesses who intend to buy tablets for their employees plan to buy iPads. This despite the fact that they probably run Windows in their offices.

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