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40 million Apple iPads by end of 2011

If you have bought an Apple iPad 2 recently you might find yourself being one of 40 million others by the end of the year as new research from DigiTimes indicate that Apple will have sold 40 million of the Apple iPad by end of 2011, commanding over 60 percent global tablet market share.

Apple iPad 2Whilst the tablet market in the first half of the year grew by 420 percent compared to 2010 it is expected to grow by another 76 percent in the second half of the year, and the Apple iPad will continue to lead the way commanding well over half of the tablet market despite a myriad of Android tablets coming to market this year.

A market that was started by the original iPad last year is now being led by the iPad 2, helping Apple to strongest quarterly result in their history, and having other tech companies scrambling to catch up with Apple and get their share of the growing tablet market. Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and many more have launched their tablets into the market this year, with more to come, but none of them have so far been able to make much of a dent in the Apple market strong hold.

The Digitimes report believes that competitors will be focusing on delivering options in terms of operating system, screen sizes and functionality in an attempt to eat into the market lead that Apple has built up over the last year and a half.

Quarter 4 of this year will be key for many tablet providers, trying to win the pockets of tablet hungry Christmas shoppers that so far seems to be favouring the iPad 2. With rumors that Apple has a new iPad 3 or iPad HD in the plans for the end of the year the pre-christmas tablet market could end up being quite a rat race.

A booming 2011 for the Apple iPad could well be followed by record shattering iPhone sales in 2012 as i recently reported on possible 150 million iPhones sold in 2012 based on market insight forecasting booming iPhone sales in 2012.

[source: Digitimes via TheNextWeb]

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