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According to Samsung, Apple did not invent the tablet. It was the film 2001: A Space Odyssey who was responsible for the first tablet.
The Korean tech giant’s defense in the US court says, “In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and, at the same time, using personal tablet computers.” Coupled with the statement, Samsung has provided pictures showing the astronauts viewing their tablet PCs.
“As with the design claimed by [Apple's] D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.”
What’s Samsung’s point? It’s saying that tablet PCs have been conceptualized way back in 1968, when the film was shown in cinemas. Although the technology was not available in 1968, it demonstrates Apple couldn’t have conjured up the idea of tablets when they patented the iPad. The idea has already been in existence.
If you think about it, Samsung does have a point. If the design has been around since 1968, Apple cannot claim that the iPad was the first tablet computer.
Do you think Apple invented the first tablet, or do you think Samsung has point? Let us know what you think.
According to a Needham analyst, Charlie Wolf, the iPad will dominate the tablet market for 10 more years. According to his calculations, despite the Android and Blackberry tablets grabbing tablet market shares, only 20% for the iPad’s holdings will be lost up until 2020.
With these forecasts, the Apple iPad is said to take up more than 50% of tablet market shares. The remaining shares will be divided amongst Android-powered, Blackberry OS-powered, webOS-powered, and Windows 8-powered tablets.
Wolf says that regardless of new tablets making their way to the market, the iPad will remain the most appealing to the consumer.
He says, “Future tablets are more likely to steal share from one another than from the iPad. The tablet market has been inundated with new models… All of them have been greeted with a yawn and lacklustre sales.”
Another factor for the iPad’s success is the App Store. He says, “In the case of tablets, the only thing that matters – that turns what’s otherwise a slab into a versatile device – are the apps.”
“And the applications available on the tablets introduced this year number at best in the hundreds. In comparison, more than 100,000 applications are available on the iPad.”
Despite what Wolf thinks, there are still a lot of analysts who think that it’s just a matter of time before Android tablets catch up to the iPad, especially with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich uniting both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. This will attract developers to create more apps for Android, which will be more attractive to the consumer.
Do you think the Apple iPad will still remain the dominant force until 2020? Let us know what you think.
In the UK, Android has now grabbed 45.2% of market shares. There are now 130 million Android devices around the world, with 550,000 Android devices being activated on a daily basis. This is due to the powerful handsets in the market today such as the HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S2. Despite snatching the lead is the OS market, the race for tablet supremacy is still a different story. The iPad is still going strong.
Compared to rival tablet manufacturers such as the Blackberry Playbook and Android tablets like the Motorola Xoom, the iPad sells eight times more compared to its competitors. With this much of a lead compared to its rivals, the iPad will maintain the dominant tablet for a long time.
Let’s take a look at the numbers. Ever since its launch, there are now 25 million iPads sold across the globe. This is an overwhelming lead to catch up to, since its rivals has only sold approximately 2 to 3 million tablets put together. The Honeycomb-powered Motorola Xoom sold only 25,000 units in the few weeks it hit stores. The Blackberry Playbook sold a total of 500,000 in 2011’s first quarter, but is currently expecting fewer sales due to a low demand and negative reviews.
Apple is expected to sell from 40 to 50 million units of the iPad by 2011’s end. It has been predicted that the competition will only catch up to Apple sometime in 2012.