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Research predicts boom for new category led by Apple iPad

11 million tablets to sell this year

Eleven million tablet devices will be sold by the end of 2010, according to findings from ABI Research.

The research suggests that Apple’s iPad will comprise the vast majority of these sales, but a range of competing devices to be released later this year will also contribute, reports Mac World.

“Our forecast of 11 million media tablet shipments in 2010 is based both on the broader availability of the iPad and on the delayed introduction of competing products,” said ABI Research’s principal analyst Jeff Orr.

“Assuming that competing tablets from other vendors do arrive in the second half of the year as expected, we believe that the iPad will account for a significant portion – but not all – of the projected 11 million units. To capitalize on the usual fourth quarter sales boom, other tablets need to reach retailers’ shelves by early September.”

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