Apple to Lose Tablet Market Share by 2016? Don't Count On It.

The International Data Corporation, or IDC, released the results of a study today, showing that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) currently holds 54% of the tablet market share, Android tablets have 43%, and Windows tablets are a distant third with 3%. However, the study also projected these numbers out into 2016, saying Apple will then hold 49.7%, Android tablets will be 40%, and Windows tablets will have 10%.

In this video, Motley Fool tech and telecom analyst Eric Bleeker tells us how preposterous it is for anyone to make a market share prediction that far into the future in this space. He also takes a look at one of the IDC's previous market share predictions from 2010 looking at 2014. Itprojected that the now-defunct Symbian would have 32.9% of the market share and that Research In Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) , maker of the moribund Blackberry, would hold 17.3% of the market share, rather than languishing away in the lower single digits where it currently stands.

There's no doubt that Apple is at the center of technology's largest revolution ever, and that longtime shareholders have been handsomely rewarded with over 1,000% gains. However, there is a debate raging as to whether Apple remains a buy. The Motley Fool's senior technology analyst and managing bureau chief, Eric Bleeker, is prepared to fill you in on both reasons to buy and reasons to sell Apple, and what opportunities are left for the company (and more importantly, your portfolio) going forward. To get instant access to his latest thinking on Apple, simply click here now.

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  • Report this Comment On December 07, 2012, at 6:47 AM, magnaman1969 wrote:

    Funny...when the IDC numbers predict poor news for RIMM you guys are quick to headline it....but bad news for Apple and IDC numbers are hogwash??

    You guys at the Fool lost all credibility a long time ago.

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