iPad blows past 100,000 tablet apps available, Apple to dethrone HP as top mobile computer maker

iPad blows past 100,000 tablet apps available, Apple to dethrone HP as top mobile computer maker
The year and change old Apple iPad effort still holds the lion's share of its self-created tablet market. Besides the hardware virtues, Cupertino's success in the slate business is undeniably ought to the fusion with available software.

Apple's iPad head start of a year before any meaningful amount of competition was introduced just transformed into 100 000 apps strong that are compatible with the bigger 9.7" display. Now, not many of those are meaningful, and even less are dual-core optimized for the new iPad 2, but with so many there won't be a shortage of interest any time soon.

As if to prove the above, industry analysts claim that Apple is about to topple HP as mobile computer maker in 2012. Analysts expect Cupertino to sell 15 million MacBooks and 60 million iPads next year, which would account for 25-30% of the portable computer market next year. HP is expected to ship 45-50 million in that period.

Actually, Apple already beat HP, for the first time in Q4 of last year, when thanks to the holiday season it shipped 10.2 million portables in total, while HP scored 9.3 million. Sign of the times.

via TUAW & Electronista

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11 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

while it sounds nice for ibots, i dont really think putting an ipad or any tablet at this point in the "mobile computer" space makes sence. They are missing too many functions to be a full blown computer. Especially the ipad which is just a supersized ipod. laptops are laptops.. tablets are tablets.. they are not the same category.

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Thumbs up for that one.i wholeheartedly agree. Tablets just don't have the access and functionality of a pc not even a rooted android tablet has what a laptop does. On a related note, hopefully windows 8 isn't a crippled os and just has a major UI overhaul but retains windows functionality. If so, we may finally see a tablet that can match android and IOS in usability and a PC in functionality. Lets hope.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i have the same hopes that its a good blend of real computing and a finger friendly tablet experience. I can easily forgo some "super smooth ui" junk for actual functionality.

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I almost agree with that. I don't need the flashiest GUI in a tablet, but I need functionality. Its why I haven't bought one yet. They really don't do anything a smartphone doesn't do, they just do some things differently. I don't need another smartphone. But the unique GUI and smooth RSS of it, in other words, usability are the reasons to get a tablet Instead of a notebook, for me anyway. So I need at least SOME of the "super smooth UI junk". Only enough to make the experience unique from a touchscreen laptop so to speak.

5. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It makes sense for Apple. And cents make dollars $$$

10. stealthd unregistered

The iPad doesn't need to do everything a PC does to be considered a mobile computer, that's just what it is.

6. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

The Apple juggernaut marches on

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

as the idiots blindly follow and hand over their paychecks for every iDevice they can pump out.. or in *ahem* some people's.. their parents paychecks... lol. :)

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Android had a bigger market share. That would make you the follower. Also you spend just as much just on crappier devices.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, ive bought android since before it started selling. once a rebel, then a follower huh all while doing nothing different.. lol.

9. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

I'm not an Apple fan. I wouldn't buy an iPad and I dislike the proprietary attitude Apple has... but I have to admit, this is impressive.

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