A survey by IHS iSuppli has predicted a robust 56% annual increase in shipments for the tablet market in 2012, from 82.1 million units in 2011.Global sales of tablet computers are expected to hit close to 126.6 million in 2012 mainly driven by the iPad and rivals with a smaller format. The report reveals that Media tablets are becoming the biggest growth driver in the market for the small and medium display market. While the 9in segment will account for the majority of tablet display shipments this year while the report notes that the fastest growing portion of the Tablet market will be the 7 inches screens available in well known products like the Galaxy Tab from Samsung, the Kindle Fire from Amazon, Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble.
IHS said 59% of all tablets will be in the larger form where the iPad is the uncontested leader.Growth in this segment is forecast to rise 35% from 55.2 million units in 2011.In the 7 inch segment, Apple is expected to enter later this year, sales are expected to nearly double from 20.8 million units last year. Among the manufacturers of the LCD displays used in tablets, South Korea’s LG and Samsung dominate the market with 42% and 38% shipment market share, respectively.