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Larry Magid: iPad Still Dominates Tablet Market

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Members of the media preview the new iPad during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7, 2012 in San Francisco. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Members of the media preview the new iPad during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7, 2012 in San Francisco. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A new report by tech market research firm IDC shows Apple continues to dominate the tablet market, selling more than twice as many iPads as its nearest competitor’s tablet.

On Tuesday, Blackberry’s CEO told Bloomberg news that in five years tablets would be useless. That could be taken as sour grapes since they aren’t even considered a serious contender in the tablet market and with the development of many new technologies like Google Glass and rumors of wristwatches on the way, how does the iPad remain so popular?

Apple has about 40 percent of the market and Samsung is their nearest competitor, but lags behind with 18 percent. Microsoft is at the bottom of the list with only two percent of the share.

Apple ought to worry about the trend over time. In the first quarter earnings of 2012 they had 60 percent of the market, albeit with fewer competitors, so they are moving in the wrong direction. But despite what Blackberry says, I think tablets will still be relevant for a few more years.

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