What strikes me today is how John Gruber over at Daring Fireball appears to have changed his tune re the imminent (or not) arrival of the iPad3. I'm not going to comment on whether this a shift in the news that an iPad3 could potentially be available in March, or he now knows something we don't, but for those of you who are interested that link takes you to his blog where he discusses Apple a lot.
Meanwhile he links to an article about the forcasting of the decline of computer sales in 2012, something I've been reading about all week. Interestingly in the charts that show said decline, if you add in the iPad, which is not technically a 'computer,' you'll see this:
"2011 was supposed to be the year of the Android tablet. One year later, Android tablets have failed to meet expectations and for the most part have been unsuccessful. This year, tablets had a much smaller presence as vendors appear to be placing greater emphasis on Windows 8. We expect Windows 8 ARM tablets to ramps slowly as most Apps require rewriting for ARM-based tablet hardware. We remain skeptical that Win 8 tablets will gain much traction this year (App rewrites take time / developer ecosystem support). As a result, we expect the move away from Android tablet investment and a slow ramp of Win 8 tablets to create a favorable competitive backdrop for Apple's forthcoming iPad 3."
The iPad has been the clear market leader in tablets since it launched. iPad3 is supposed to faster and have a higher screen resolution. Either way I presume it will extend the gap between iPad sales versus its nearest competitor