iPad users to double this year – Apple has 75pc of tablet market

11 Jun 2012

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The number of iPad users in the US will rise by more than 90pc this year as loyal users replace older models and new consumers by the device, according to eMarketer.

eMarketer says iPad ownership will shoot up by 90pc to 53.2m.

According to the research, the iPad will be in the hands of three-quarters of all tablet users in the US.

That level of growth is down significantly from last year’s 143.9pc jump, and will continue to decline; by 2015, the number of iPad users will rise by just fewer than 12pc. By then, more than one-third of all US internet users will have such a device.

Compared to iPads, overall tablet penetration is rising more quickly and will reach 29.1pc of internet users by the end of this year, but growth will still fall off to 11.9pc by 2015.

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Fastest-growing iPad owner segments

Broken down by age, the fastest growth among tablet users as a whole will come in the under-12 and 65-and-older age groups, which have relatively low penetration compared with other groups. Those most likely to use a tablet will remain between the ages of 25 and 44, among whom around one-third of the total population will use a tablet in 2012.

eMarketer estimates more than half of tablet users this year to be men (54pc), but by the end of the forecast period the gender split is expected to be even. Asians, at 26.2pc penetration in 2012, are the most likely racial or ethnic group to use a tablet, followed by Hispanics, at 24pc. This compares with 21.4pc of whites and 21.5pc of blacks.

eMarketer defines tablets as devices with a touchscreen interface, screen sizes ranging from 5 to 14 inches, colour displays, Wi-Fi or 3G internet connectivity, and advanced operating systems such as Apple iOS, Google Android, Windows 7 and BlackBerry.

Estimates are based on the analysis of survey and traffic data from research firms and regulatory agencies, sales projections, historical trends, company-specific data, and demographic and socioeconomic factors.

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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