iPad looks set to lead the market for four years as mini-notebooks decline.

This article titled “Tablet sales poised for spectacular growth, claims Gartner” was written by Josh Halliday, for The Guardian on Monday 11th April 2011 18.06 UTC

Josh Halliday

Sales of tablet computers such as Apple’s iPad will more than quadruple from 15m worldwide in 2010 to 70m in 2011 and eat into the slowing PC market over the next four years, according to Gartner.

The iPad will dominate the nascent tablet market for the foreseeable future, the research firm forecasts, selling about 48m this year, a near-fourfold increase on 2010, to control about 69% of the market in 2011. But rivals continue to chip away at its position. Over the next four years the iPad’s share is expected to fall to 47%, in a market selling 294m annually, as tablets running Google’s Android operating system, HP’s WebOS and RIM’s PlayBook join the competition.

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