12 Apr '11, 9pm

The rise and rise of the tablet

SAN FRANCISCO - Sales of tablet computers such as Apple's iPad will more than quadruple from 15 million worldwide in 2010 to 70 million this year and eat into the slowing PC market over the next four years, according to IT research firm Gartner. The iPad will dominate the nascent tablet market for the foreseeable future, the research firm forecasts, selling about 48 million units this year - a near-fourfold increase on 2010 - to control about 69 per cent of the market. But rivals continue to chip away at its position. Over the next four years the iPad's share is expected to fall to 47 per cent, in a market selling 294 million units annually, as tablets running Google's Android operating system, HP's WebOS and RIM's PlayBook join the competition. Notably, Microsoft's Windows is not expected to make any significant impact on the field even by 2015. The boom in demand for tab...

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