Apple’s iPad will dominate the tablet computing market for years to come, according to the latest analysis from Gartner.
Gartner said that it expects Apple tablets to maintain a more than 45 per cent worldwide share of the booming sector until 2016.
Apple’s stranglehold is loosening, however. Gartner said that the iPad accounted for 73.4 per cent of tablet sales in 2011, and 83 per cent in 2010.
But Apple will still profit massively, it's expected, as the total market will continue to grow rapidly, it's expected. By the end of 2016, some 665 billion tablets of all flavours will be in use, the analyst house said.
The challenge to the iPad from a plethora of hardware running Google Android is expected to be joined later this year by machines running Microsoft's operating system Windows 8, which is designed for both desktop and tablet computers.
Gartner however said the late entrant will struggle to make an impact by 2016. Windows tablets will have a no more than 12 per cent share by then, it's estimated.