Last Thursday, data from IDC reportedly showed that Apple's Mac shipments had shrunk by 0.2 percent. There's just one problem with those numbers: Gartner doesn't agree, and even claims Mac market share actually grew just a bit.
According to the latest data from Gartner, the iPad will enjoy an unchallenged holiday shopping season this year. The report states that until the competition can get organized with regard to hardware, software, and service, the tablet market belongs to Apple. Gartner's analysts also suggest that Android's high prices, weak user interface, and a scarcity of tablet apps don't help its position, either.
Gartner projects that tablet sales will reach almost 64 million worldwide in 2011, which is a huge jump from the 18 million in 2010. By 2014, the report expects sales of 326 million units.
If you want good, cogent analysis of current trends with accurate predictions of the future, go to any analyst, then take whatever they've said, completely reverse the prediction, and you might -- just might -- have something worth standing behind.
While most of the media hysteria tends to focus on the runaway success of Apple’s mobile products such as the iPhone and the iPad, the company is quietly increasing their market share on desktop and laptop computers at the same time.