As far as 2015 is concerned, the year in which Informa Telecoms & Media expects the two tablets to have the same share of the market, Needham says that the Apple iPad will control a whopping 72.5% of the tablet industry with an average selling price of $487. For this year, Wolf sees Apple accounting for 85% of all tablets shipped, with an average selling price of $599. Check out the chart below to see Wolf's computations.
While we can't tell you which of the two different analytic views will be right, we can say with certainty that either Android tablets will catch up with and finally overtake the Apple iPad in the number of units being shipped per year, or else Apple's iconic tablet will remain the leading device in the industry. Either way, Apple is projected to score net profits as high as $7.5 billion from the iPad by 2020, from $2.6 billion this year.