Lately there has been a lot of talk about Microsoft’s “Surface” Tablet. It’s just one of the latest tablets to be added to the list of those already in use, especially by professionals and businesses. Those groups are becoming ever more reliant on tablets for their per-requisites. IDC, a market research analysis company, released a study which suggested that shipments of tablets this year could reach over 107 million units. This number has gone up from an earlier estimate of 106 million after a larger than expected demand of tablets in Q2 of this year, according to Daze Info.

Unsurprisingly, Apple is expected to dominate the tablet segment, with an expected market share of 62.5 percent in 2012, a rise from the respectable 58.2 percent share the company had last year. This is based on numbers already achieved this year, including the analysis released by NPD which showed the market share of iPads was 22.5 percent in Q1 this year, with the overall number of mobile PCs shipped by Apple going up 118 percent year-over-year. The iPad accounted to 80 percent of those shipments.

In the list of top 5 tablet brands shipped in 2012, iPads are the clear winner.

The forecast for next year has also been amended, changing expected shipment units to over 142 million units rather than the initially expected 137 million in 2013 That puts the number of worldwide tablet shipments at 222 million units by 2016.

Tom Mainelli, Research Director for Mobile Connected Device at IDC, stated, “Demand for media tablets remains robust, and we see an increasing interest in the category from the commercial side. We expect pending new products from major players, increasingly affordable mainstream devices, and a huge marketing blitz from Microsoft around Windows 8 to drive increased consumer interest in the category through the end of the year.”

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