DisplaySearch has a misleading title and subtitle,
“Tablet PC Architectures Dominated by ARM and iOS; New Kindle Could Light a Fire Under Android
x86 Processors and and Windows 8 Expected to Take Significant Share After 2013”
Just look at their numbers: about 30million units per annum are expected to ship with “8” in 2017 out of 330million tablets expected to ship in 2017. Is less than 10% significant? What does it signify except that “8” is too little and too late? Also ARM on tablets is not showing any sign of slowing down except with iOS: DisplaySearch predicts 80% of tablets shipped in 2011 will have iOS but only 57% in 2017.
I think they are way off on those numbers. iOS will be lucky to ship on 60% of tablets in 2012. There are just too many suppliers of Android/Linux devices which meet people’s needs and more are releasing projects every month. “8” will have similar traction as Phoney “7”. Too little and too late. No one wants to do business with M$ if they have the option and Android/Linux on ARM gives people a viable choice. It’s good for manufacturers and consumers. Even the little suppliers cut out of Apple’s walled garden are ganging up on Apple supplying still more makers of Android/Linux tablets. They see iOS maxing out in 2012 as do I. iOS may see modest growth thereafter but it will be nothing like the past year.