News by Todd Haselton on Wednesday January 19, 2011.
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According to a new report from IDC, Apple's iPad almost exclusively drove the global tablet market during the third quarter of 2010. The tablet market grew 45.1 percent during Q3 and vendors shipped an estimated 4.8 million units globally during that time. That figure is up from the 3.3 million units shipped during the second quarter of 2010. Apple's iPad represented nearly 90 percent of the tablets shipped worldwide during Q3.
"Looking forward, IDC expects the media tablet market to finish 2010 at nearly 17 million units, and forecasts 44.6 million will ship in 2011, with the U.S. representing nearly 40% of the total," the report said.
IDC recognizes tablets as devices that have color displays larger than 5-inches and smaller than 14-inches. They must also run lightweight operating systems, such as Apple iOS or Google Android, and can be based on either x86 or ARM processors. [via Boy Genius Report]
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