Tablet sales set to soar in 2013

Tablet sales are forecast to surpass an estimated $64 billion (£41.7 billion) in 2013, a year-on-year rise of 38 per cent.
This is according to a new report from ABI Research, which stated this year around 150 million of the mobile devices will ship globally.
It also revealed Apple has dominated the tablet market since it rolled out its flagship iPad in 2010 and in 2012, 60 per cent of tablets sold used the tech giant’s iOS operating system.
Jeff Orr, mobile devices senior practice director at ABI Research, said although the tide is now turning towards Android-based tablets, the iPad manufacturer will not “slouch” with the pressure of approaching competition.
He added: “The iPad mini was a timely introduction in 2012, though ABI Research remains cautious about the bottom line impact this is having for Apple.”
Samsung could be Apple’s major rival in the tablet market, given the success the Korean firm has seen over the last 12 months with its range of smartphones and the Galaxy Note II. Mr Orr claimed a well-executed Samsung tablet strategy could see the company double its market share in 2013.