“Apple’s quarterly results on Monday are expected to confirm 2010 as the year of the iPad but the tablet category to which the gadget belongs is in its infancy,” Chris Nuttall and Robin Kwong report for The Financial Times.
“A swathe of companies are approaching tablets as either large-format smartphones or keyboard-less notebooks but none has so far mounted a serious challenge to the iPad,” Nuttall and Kwong report. “Apple could sell about 15m units this year of a product it unveiled in January and only introduced in April, according to analyst estimates. By comparison, the iPhone sold less than 6m units in its first full year.”
Nuttall and Kwong report, “The iPad’s only significant challenger in 2010 looks like being the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a seven-inch tablet that will go on sale in November.”
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Nuttall and Kwong report, “Doug Reid at Stifel Nikolaus, the investment bank, expects the iPad to have an 82 per cent market share of the 19.2m tablets he forecasts will ship this year. Mr Reid said its dominance would be due to the end of shipment delays, a ‘window of de-facto market exclusivity’ and the likelihood that rivals will try unsuccessfully to integrate their hardware with operating systems such as Android that are unproven relative to Apple’s iOS. Apple is also likely to upgrade the iPad in January: a seven-inch alternative to its 9.7-inch screen is rumoured, while front and back cameras for video conferencing is expected.”
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