Apple Owns 95% Of The Tablet Market: Can Anyone Stop Them?

Apple Owns 95% Of The Tablet Market: Can Anyone Stop Them?

Are you ready for a surprise? Unfortunately, you probably won't find it here. A new report, put out by research firm Strategy Analytics, has found that Apple is in firm control of the tablet PC market, and it's unlikely that the situation will change in the near term. Years ago, tablet PCs hit the market with next to no fanfare; consumers scoffed at how big they were, and the battery life was rather terrible. They were mostly used for field work and in enterprise applications.

Today, the timing is right for consumer tablets, and the iPad has a commanding lead over everyone else. According to the report, they now own 95% of the entire tablet market when looking at the most recent July-to-September time frame.


Competition is definitely set to grow; Microsoft's Windows 7 should show up on a number of leading-edge tablets in time for Christmas, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab goes on sale in America later this month. But will it be enough? The iPod grabbed onto the portable media player market and refused to let go, and everyone else that tried to topple Apple failed…even Microsoft with their Zune.

SA analyst Neil Mawston had the following take on things: "The tablet wars are up and running. Apple has quickly leveraged its famous brand, an extensive retail presence and user-friendly design to develop the tablet segment into a multi-billion-dollar global business. We expect Android's share to rise in the fourth quarter as more models, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, enter the market."


In March 2011, the iPad will have been out an entire year, and just as other tablets are catching up, it's likely that Apple will reveal the second iteration of the iPad and throw everyone on their heels again. Time will tell, though.
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I'm afraid. If Apple controls 95% of the tablet market then they're the Microsoft of tablet's. There seriously need to be some competition popping up soon, otherwise the only choice that we'll have in a tablet will be Apple, and they could be free to rise the price or not change the iPad so much.

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I don't think you'd have to be afraid of anything. It's only been eight months or so that the iPad has been around and no other major company has started selling any tablets yet. I'm sure you'll have many tablets to choose from and most of them will be Android and that one QNX RIM PlayBook and the HP Windows Slate. I don't know if they'll be really competitive against the iPad but you certainly will have a few choices. And besides you don't even have to have a tablet because they may not even become mainstream. The desktop computer will be in the majority and there are still plenty of notebooks and netbooks to be had. I don't know if Apple set out to dominate the tablet market. They just happened to be the only tablet to choose from since no other tablets were available. I'd say that report is rather premature.

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I think that the mistake most of the competition is making in this market is how they're pricing their new Tablet PC's.

I don't see them as being elegant or seamless like the iPad seems to be. They are less of an experience as far as I can see so far, yet they're going for the gold with prices that match the iPad or come in right under it's price. This is a big mistake, huge, and the first company to market one of these things that is fairly functional for a really low price will give the Fruit-Guys their REAL competition.

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I am comfortable with Apple controlling this market- sure competition is always better, but tablets are for the more casual user. The use fingers instead of input devices to control- so at their very nature they are more simplistic on the user end. Which is exactly Apple's niche, that's why they are excelling. Not to mention, it's recycled and modified technology they already had- just a big ipod touch. I have no use for such a product- I own a laptop, ipod, and desktop. I play starcraft instead of angry birds.

There are less tech savvy people than techies. Apple creates products to them; if they were missing their target audience then i'd be shocked.

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I don't understand the headline. Why would you want to stop Apple? But if you did: go back in time ten years and start working on your new OS.

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JoViKe:

I don't understand the headline. Why would you want to stop Apple? But if you did: go back in time ten years and start working on your new OS.

If they dominate one part of the market then they can do whatever they want to that market. But I'm hoping that Android tablets get introduced to even things up out there in the casual tablet market.

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