And when we say “future” we don’t mean this Christmas. The Gartner forecast estimates that sales of iPad’s and similar devices will exceed 100 million by 2014. That’s a “Holy Cow, Batman!” moment right there.
Though we don’t expect you to drop everything and buy an iPad right now, this bit of analysis does bode well for the whole industry and pretty much anyone else who are releasing tablets in the next several months. However, keep in mind that sales aren’t expected to surpass nine fat digits until 2012. At the moment, the hottest tablet on the face of the Earth (uh, the iPad) has sold a cool 20 million. It won’t be a stretch to assume the number will double by 2011 and continue growing well past 2014.
The future may look right for talets at the moment, but some bloggers are speculating that in the same pan of time a few minor revolutions within the tablet world will ring forth much endowed devices in four year’s time, like a tablet specific OS. Also, don’t expect this sunny forecast to render laptops and netbooks obsolete, because the market’s still pretty hot for either.
Having shared the heartening news, let’s now bask in the glow of our own excitement as we envision the tech-world’s bright future.