“‘Tablets have been around for a long time and tablets have failed for a long time. This is a winning product,’ said analyst Van Baker of Gartner Research,” Shiels reports. “‘I was nervous when they first started talking about this and thought it would be nothing more than a giant iPhone. [But] it’s hard to argue against. I can use it in the living room, the classroom, for light work and at the coffee shop,’ Mr Baker told BBC News.”
“‘Apple did what they needed to do. They gave this form factor a reason to exist,’ said Mike Gartenberg, vice-president of strategy and analysis at research firm Interpret” Shiels reports. “‘They answered the question immediately ‘Why do I want the iPad?’ And they showed why. They are leveraging the entire Apple eco-system,’ Gartenberg said. ‘”I think this is going to be a very successful product for them and exceed expectations.’”
Shiels reports, “The tablet market has until now been regarded as a niche. Endpoint Technologies noted that by the end of 2010 about four million tablets will have been sold – a 1% market share. Gartner believes with Apple now entering the fray, that figure will rise to around nine million.”
Read the full article, and watch a video in which Shiels is given a tour of what Apple’s iPad can do, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dow C. for the heads up.]