IDC recently increased its 2012 forecast for the worldwide tablet market to 122.3 million, up from a previous estimate of 117.1 million. And looking forward, they anticipate tablet sales in 2016 to reach unit levels of 282.7 million units.
And breaking things up by marketshare, the research company anticipates Apple’s share of the tablet market will drop from 56.3% in 2011 to 53.8% in 2012. As for Windows based tablets, the IDC estimates that it will have about 2.9% of the market in 2012 and 10.2% of the market in 2016. That’s a bold prediction for a tablet that seems to have landed in the tablet market space with a resounding thump.