When Steve Jobs took the stage to introduce the original iPad early last year, he dubbed 2010 as the “year of the iPad.” It would have been safe to assume that, by present day, there would have been a flock of tablets in direct competition with the iPad. Well, that’s not necessarily the case. Steve Jobs might have referred to 2011 as the “year of the copycats” when introducing the iPad 2, but those “copycats” sure haven’t boasted nearly as significant sales numbers as Apple has.
Since the release of the original iPad in early 2010, Apple has sold over 30 million iPads. Just last quarter, the Cupertino-based company sold over 9.25 million iPad units alone. In comparison, Research in Motion recently announced that it had shipped only 200,000 PlayBook tablets in that same time frame; furthermore, the number of units shipped does not necessarily imply the number of units sold. At its current pace, the BlackBerry PlayBook might share the same fate as HP’s webOS-based TouchPad tablet. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 is really the only threat that Apple’s iPad faces heading into 2012, and perhaps Microsoft’s Windows 8 slate further into the future. But, for now, the iPad remains undefeated.