Mashable | Lauren Indvik
After months of rumors, nine days of greedy anticipation, and two-and-a-half hours in line (something I haven’t done since the Indiana Jones ride came out at Disneyland), I have an iPad 2 in my hands.
The tablet is the second iteration of what was arguably the most successful device launched in 2010. Apple sold 15 million first-generation iPads in just nine months last year. Before the iPad, no one was sure that consumers wanted tablets.
Now it is a multibillion-dollar category in its own right. Recent research from eMarketer estimates that consumers will purchase 81.3 million tablets in 2012, 69% of which will be iPads. Gartner estimates 19.5 million tablets have been purchased this year, and will multiply to 54.8 million in 2011 and more than 208 million by 2014, “driven by sales of the iPad.” In the U.S., Forrester expects 24 million tablets will be sold, a full 20 million of which will be iPads.
But will the iPad 2 maintain Apple’s lead ahead of newer competitors, bringing in enough first-time holdouts over the likes of the HP Touchpad, Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab? Will iPad 1 owners find it worth the upgrade? Let’s take a look.