Feeds

Apple to maintain tablet lead over Android

RIM, Microsoft elbow in as rivals fight

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Don't think World+Dog is bonkers for tablets? Market watcher Gartner does. It reckons some 118.9m of the things will ship this year - almost twice the number shipped in 2011.

No surprise for guessing Apple will lead the pack - and then some. iOS will outsell its closest competitor, Google's Android, right through 2016, Gartner said.

Judging from the two OS' near-parallel growth rates to that point, it's hard to see Android suddenly rushing ahead of the Apple offering.

But like all forecasts, since no one can reveal what new technology the two firms will introduce - or what cock-ups they'll make - there's a lot of room for error here.

Gartner tablet market shipments

Data source: Gartner

RIM, however, seems to be about to get over its mistakes, Gartner believes. The researcher reckons RIM's QNX OS, the basis for the PlayBook operating system, won't vanish into obscurity over the coming years, though it will be very much a minority player, always behind Microsoft.

Not that Redmond need feel too pleased. By Gartner's estimates, it will sit way behind Android, let alone Apple.

Windows 8 will drive the adoption of tablets by big business, Gartner forecast, but its own numbers show that plenty of corporates and a heck of a lot of consumers are going to opt for other platforms.

And shipping and selling are two very different things.

"As vendors struggled to compete [with Apple] on price and differentiate enough on either the hardware or ecosystem, inventories were built and only 60m units actually reached the hands of consumers across the world," said Carolina Milanesi, a Gartner research VP. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.