NPD: Apple Will Lose Quarter of Tablet Market by 2017

The tablet PC market is expected to grow five times over in the next five years, according to global market research and consulting firm NPD DisplaySearch.

Specifically, tablet shipments are predicted to grow from 81.6 million units in 2011 to 424.9 million units by 2017.

NPD analysts are attributing the surge to an expected flourish in diversity among mobile operating systems and display technologies.

NPD DisplaySearch senior analyst Richard Shim further explained in the report:

So far in this relatively young product category, the tablet PC market has been dominated by Apple

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