Apple top of the tablet totem pole through 2015
Android to topple iPad the following year
Android tablets won't outsell the iPad until 2016, one market watcher has claimed.
Informa's forecast for tablet sales in 2015 has Apple shipping 90m tablets, just ahead of combined sales from Motorola, Samsung, Acer, Asus, Toshiba et al of 87m units.
By the following year, Android unit shipments will have surpassed Apple's. But, as we've noted before, that will still leave Apple the dominant tablet hardware manufacturer, by a good margin.
Informa builds the increased availability of low-cost Android fondleslabs into its forecast. As we saw earlier today, price is a key factor for punters looking for an alternative to Apple's product.
Just under 231m tablets will be sold in 2015, the researcher reckons.
That leaves 54m machines running an operating system that isn't iOS or Android. Quite a few will run QNX - in other words, they'll be RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. But many, many more will be Windows 8 machines.
Don't forget: Windows-based tablets outsold PlayBooks in Q2 this year. ®
Isn't it obvious?
Their research is based on sales of the current model of iPad, versus whatever latest version of Android tables are released in the future.
Since we've all heard that the next version of Android will surely be The One, every time, then it stands to reason that whatever is available 4 years hence will surely be better than the iPad 2.
Apple could not possibly top the iPad 2 or maintain their competitive advantage with newer technologies and designs. Evah.
What kind of research is this?
Has this "researcher" had access to Android Ice Cream Sandwich or future Apple or Android-based products? Of course not. So what are these numbers based on?
Even the local fortune teller would do a better a job. Can't understand why the media amplifies these
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I love these authoritative predictions. They're like Martin Brundle commentating on the 35th lap of a Grand Prix.
"Well if Hamilton keeps this pace up he'll be overtaking Vettel by lap 50."
He never does, though, does he?
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Contrary to popular belief When totem poles are created the more important people/animals/items go near the bottom and the least important go at the top. The Indians created this tradition because they believed the the more important should be easier to see rather than the least important..
"Vertical order of images is widely believed to be a significant representation of importance. This idea is so pervasive that it has entered into common parlance with the phrase "low man on the totem pole." This phrase is indicative of the most common belief of ordering importance, that the higher figures on the pole are more important or prestigious. A counterargument frequently heard is that figures are arranged in a "reverse hierarchy" style, with the most important representations being on the bottom, and the least important being on top. Actually there have never been any restrictions on vertical order, many poles have significant figures on the top, others on the bottom, and some in the middle. Other poles have no vertical arrangement at all, consisting of a lone figure atop an undecorated column." - Taken from wikipedia. Other sources - NCIS and my granddad (a historian in this subject)