IDC also expects the number of mobile devices accessing the internet to get closer to the number of PC's being used by the end of 2010. With 1.3 million PC's in operation expected at the end of 2010, the number of mobile devices will grow to 1 million. It won't be too long before more people are surfing the web from a mobile device than from a desktop machine as the growth in smartphones is running 2 and a half times that of desktop computers.
In a video that came with the report, IDC Chief Analyst Frank Gens said, "It will be a watershed year for the ascension of mobile devices: For the first time, over 1 billion such devices will access the Internet. Smartphones will become strategic platforms for commercial and enterprise developers, with the number of iPhone apps tripling, and Android apps quintupling. And we expect to finally see Apple introduce the 'iPad.'" IDC expects the Apple tablet to appear in 2010 with an 8 to 10 inch touchscreen that will be more iPod touch than a Mac. The research firm expects the device to be used for watching movies, reading newspapers and for surfing the web. Gens expects the iPad to take business away from the Kindle reader. As for the tablet, questions remain as to how users will pay for data. IDC says, "One big question for 2010 is which way Apple will go with 3G connectivity for the iPad -- private labeling a wireless carrier's network as 'AppleNet' or simply merchandising carriers' wireless subscriptions through the iTunes store," the report said. Whichever way Apple decides to go, the Cupertino based firm is expected to see competition from Microsoft. The latter firm is expected to launch a tablet that has been leaked with the code named "Courier", pictures of which were leaked back in September. The Redmond based firm has not confirmed the authenticity of the pictures or the expected launch.
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