Tablet in 2013/2014 and Beyond !
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A new version of the iPad is always released on March, with the original iPad unveiled in March 2010, followed by the iPad 2 and the new iPad, at March 2011 and March.2012, respectively. As such, it is quite a safe bet that the next iPad will be announced in March 2013. Given that the latest iteration is simply called the new iPad, it is unknown whether the next iPad will be called the iPad 4 or the new iPad 2.
Amazon will continue to have a strong presence in the tablet market. Strategy Analytics predicted that about 15 million units of Kindle Fire will be sold in 2013. Through the 2013, it is assumed that Amazon will follow up its success with two upgraded versions of the Kindle Fire. In 2013, the online store giant may make a strong bid to introduce its tablets in other prospective markets such as in Asia and Europe.
Hewlett Packard was hit hard by the failure of its WebOS tablet and the computer manufacturer announced the intention make webOS an open source platform. Although there is still no plan for a new webOS device, Meg Whitman, HP CEO, conceded that a new HP tablet could still be on the cards.
Canonical is behind one of the most popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu, and the company is preparing for the release of Ubuntu-based tablets and smartphones. These products are expected to be available in 2013. Ubuntu may eventually become a viable alternative to Android, especially if it can run Android apps.
Windows 8 is expected to make a strong showing in 2013. Microsoft’s new operating system will be released in the last quarter of 2012 and one of the editions will run on ARM-based processors. It is believed that Windows 8 on ARM will be introduced in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013, with a debut for the Windows 8 tablets set at summer the same year.
Intel and AMD
Intel and AMD will have an opportunity to grab some market share in the tablet space. Intel recently released Medfield and it will release more Atom-based processors. AMD also finally realizes that tablet is a potential market and it is preparing to release the Hondo processors for slates in 2013.
Processor war in the tablet market can be a little intense in 2013, as Arm Holdings is planning to release its first 64-bit processor. This means operating system developers need to make their migration. This can make things more complex for carriers and tablet makers as they need to release software updates for both 32-bit and 64 bit versions.
Toshiba and Samsung
Tablets in 2013 will fill more display size spectrum. Toshiba recently surprised us with Excite 13, with its 13-inch display, while Samsung released the Galaxy Note with 5” display, which showed us the boundary between smartphones and tablets. The 6″, 11″ and 12″ spots are relatively unoccupied and we may see more tablets with those display sizes in 2013.