Apple’s iPad is the tablet to beat for any hardware manufacturer who wants to get in on the tablet game, and that has been the case for quite some time – in fact, from the first generation iPad all the way to the new iPad with Retina display. Well, it seems that persistence by different hardware manufacturers who decided to side with Android might see their hard work and patience pay off, as the iPad starts to see its market share nibbled away slowly but surely. In fact, the most recent tablet shipment forecast from IDC does project a somber image for the iPad, as Android is tipped to garner a 48.8% share of the tablet market this year, which is a massive jump from the 41.5% market share in IDC’s previous projection.
This would mean that Apple’s hold on the tablet market might eventually drop to 46% this year, marking the first time that Android-powered tablets would have overtaken the sales of the iPad from Apple for the first time ever – assuming all these projections go according to plan. There is another player in the equation though, and that would be Windows, but we do not think that Windows will have such clout ever on the tablet market – at least not in the next couple of years.