Arthur reports, “In a new forecast published on Thursday morning, Gartner says that by 2015 shipments of tablets will outstrip those of conventional PCs such as desktops and notebooks, as Android and Apple’s iOS become increasingly dominant in the overall operating system picture… Latest figures suggest that Windows Phone, its smartphone OS, shipped on about 3% of devices in fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 20% for Apple’s iPhone and over 70% for Android – of which 50% connected to Google’s servers and 20% were ‘white box’ Android phones in China which do not use Google services.”
“Microsoft could then face the vicious circle where developers considering which platform to develop apps for look at those with the largest user base – and that that will not be Windows. By 2017, she says, the number of devices being shipped with iOS, both iPhones and iPads, will be close to that with Windows and Windows Phone combined,” Arthur reports. “‘And that’s not assuming that Apple launches a low-end iPhone,’ Milanesi says. ‘Our numbers for Apple are conservative, because for a low-end phone it would be a guess about what price point it would use, and what the timing would be.’ A number of observers have suggested that Apple will launch a lower-cost iPhone in the next year to capture a larger market share, especially in the pre-pay (pay-as-you-go) market.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Can’t happen soon enough! :-)