“It is estimated that there will be 54.8 million tablet users in the US by the end of 2012, with that number climbing sharply to 89.5 million by 2014.” eMarketer, May 2012
If you’ve been following the latest announcements from leading mobile companies, you know that 2012 is shaping up to be quite an exciting year for the industry. Steadily rising over the past couple of years, a wave of tablets will be storming the market in the second half of 2012. The Microsoft Surface Tablet will be making its debut toward the end of the summer.
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Just before Microsoft’s announcement, the International Data Corporation gave a forecast on tablet shipments worldwide through 2016. The predicted rise is staggering, from 19.4 million in 2010 to a predicted 222.1 million by 2016. This forecast doesn’t take into account the surface tablet by Microsoft, and the IDC adds that “based upon early pricing expectations for these products, [the] Windows-based tablets will be largely additive to our existing media tablet market forecast. We don’t expect Windows-based tablets to necessarily take share from Apple and Android, but will grow the overall tablet market.”