A report by Futuresource Consulting says tablet sales will jump 200 percent in Europe and the United States over the next two years.
Fifty-two million tablets were sold in 2011. By 2016, the total sales for the mobile devices will have reached 232 million, the report says.
Online Media Daily reported Thursday 75.6 million people are expected to use a tablet at least once a month in 2013, an almost seven-fold jump from the 13 million in 2010.
Research company eMarketer predicts 53.9 million of those will be iPad users, a sizable jump from 11.5 million in 2010.
More than 12 million iPads were sold in the first quarter alone, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said.
Along with tablets comes software and content, and both are expected to rise substantially. Digital books are expected to make up 70 percent of book sales by 2016.
The use of applications for tablets is also expected to soar. Furthermore, the Futuresource study notes, tablet owners are more willing to pay for applications than mobile phone users. (c) UPI