Apple’s claim to have invented the tablet category seems vindicated by news this morning from Strategy Analytics which claims Apple grabbed 95 percent of the global tablet market in Q3 2010 — even as the company plots its path to iPad 2.0.
There have been previous efforts at tablet computing but these have been abject failures in comparison to Apple’s achievement with the iPad. And while competition within this segment seems set to ramp-up pretty soon, Apple already has the iPad 2.0 waiting in the wings for introduction in Q1 next year.
Citing global tablet shipments reached over 4 million units in the period, Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics, said,
“Global tablet shipments grew 26 percent sequentially to reach 4.4 million units in Q3 2010. Apple was the clear market leader during the quarter, capturing an impressive 95 percent share with the iPad and beating Android into second place.”
In a press release, Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added,
“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.”
He adds, “Android, Microsoft, MeeGo, webOS, Blackberry and other platforms are trailing in Apple’s wake and they already have much ground to make up.”
Catch-up indeed. As component shortages impact the smartphone sector, so too will these impact against the tablet industry, where multiple players will be deploying Android OS and other OS-powered offerings.