According to a new report from IDC, a total of 122.3 million tablets will be shipped during 2012, and 53.8 percent of those will be from Apple. If IDC’s predictions are correct, Apple will ship a slightly smaller number of iPads during 2012 than it did during 2011, when the company was responsible for 56.3 percent of shipments.
That doesn’t mean that Apple’s share of the tablet market is diminishing – quite the opposite, in fact. IDC believes that in 2016, when worldwide tablet shipments reach 282.7 million units, Apple’s iPad will account for 49.7 percent of tablets shipped, which is a much bigger percentage than estimates for competing products.
Android tablets, which accounted for 39.8 percent of shipments last year are expected to account for 42.7 percent of shipments in 2012. IDC is expecting that number to drop significantly by 2016, however, to just 39.7 percent.
Windows 8 tablets are expected to make up just 2.9 of tablet shipments in 2012, a number that’s expected to grow to 10.2 percent by 2016.
Tablet sales on the whole will continue to grow, and though Microsoft will gain some market share, Apple will remain the market leader for the foreseeable future.