Global tablet sales should rise 56% to 126.6 million units, according to industry research group iSuppli. As expected, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has the lead in the market, but that lead may be threatened. iSuppli added in its report:
While the 9-inch segment dominated by the iPad will account for the majority of tablet display shipments this year, the fastest-growing portion of the market will the 7.x-inch screens used in products like the Galaxy Tab from Samsung Electronics, the Kindle Fire from Amazon, the Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble, and other tablet products using the Google Android operating system.
But the new iPad may come in a smaller screen, so Apple has nothing to worry about.
Douglas A. McIntyre