Apple will continue to reign as king of the tablet market in 2012.
The iPad will grab a full 61 percent of worldwide tablet sales this year, according to an IHS report released today. That marks a rebound from last year's fourth quarter when the iPad's share dropped to 55.1 percent.
Apple lost some ground to Android during 2011's final quarter due to huge demand for Amazon's Kindle Fire. The retail giant's low-cost tablet helped Android win a 41.1 percent slice of the tablet market over the holidays, up from 31.1 percent in the third quarter.
But as Apple recaptures that lost market share, Android's share will drop to 38.4 percent this year, IHS forecast. Despite attempts by competitors such as Amazon to pick up and retain a larger chunk of the market, Apple continues to hold the edge.
"The combination of a good-looking device, well-designed applications, video, books, and music has provided consumers with an easy-to-use product and an appealing use case," Rhoda Alexander, IHS director for monitors and tablets research, said in a statement. "Such an ecosystem took Apple years to put together, starting with the iPod plus iTunes Music Store more than nine years ago, and it's proving to be a cha... [Read more]