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PC makers struggle to match iPad

PC makers struggle to match iPadWith the increasingly popular iPad reportedly selling 15.5 million units in the 2011 fourth quarter, thereby beating the sales of PCs from the world's leading PC manufacturer Hewlett-Packard, the PC makers are now struggling to match the Apple tablet.

The outrageous popularity of the iPad can be gauged from the Gartner statistics that the iPad - despite the availability of a horde of tablets, from manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Dell, Motorola Mobility, and HP, among others - currently has a notable 66 percent share of the tablet market.

Apple's position in the tablet space is likely to strengthen further with the new, third-generation iPad appearing on the scene on March 16. Going by the statistics shared by Apple, the new tablet sold 3 million units in its debut weekend; and, as speculated by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, will probably generate a mammoth 438 billion in sales in 2012.

The dominance of Apple in the tablet arena has largely been a result of the fact that the iPad is an enviable combination of technical inventiveness and mass-market appeal. The tablet has not only made significant dents at the profits of the bigwig PC makers, but has also delivered a crucial blow to their egos.

About the remarkable success of the Apple iPad, Robert Brunner - a former Apple design chief who now runs Ammunition Group design firm - said: "The whole industry has been going nuts, trying to figure out how to compete with Apple. You can see the fear in their eyes."