iPad juggernaut slows in 2013 as tablet competitors grow 79%

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ipad ?Historically, Apple has dominated the market, but the current shift in the ecosystem has raised question marks over its control and future,? said ABI Research analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. Although its competitors using Google?s Android OS have surpassed Apple?s unit volume, iPad revenues for 2013 still exceeded the rest of the market by 11 percent. The analyst firm said Apple and the tablet market have reached a fork in the road; however, opportunities to explore new avenues do exist. Apple?s creative vision has been the core of its business model and iPad implementation. The company?s ?less is more? strategy gives it the innate ability to show success in the early stages but begins to display signs of vulnerability as the market matures. Is Apple losing its momentum, or are Samsung and others catching up as consumers are presented with a variety of choices in display size, connectivity, and price? With the right partnerships, especially in the business and education sectors, iPad could continue to expand its market reach. ?Apple has the power to market to different regions where tablet adoption is low, and building relationships with business vertical sectors can help expand its breadth,? added senior practice director Jeff Orr. Although Apple?s ASP for its iPad remains considerably higher than other tablet OEMs, it still has the advantage of offering its closed iOS ecosystem services via the iTunes app store.]]>

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