IDC Predicts 300,000+ iPhone Apps, Larger Smartphone Market Share in 2010
Analysts at International Data Corporation today made a sweeping set of predictions for the tech industry in 2010 that highlighted Apple. Researchers expect a major push into mobile apps as the future of computing and expect iPhone apps to lead the pack, with the app count almost tripling to 300,000 by the end of next year.
The Android platform will also swell rapidly and reach between 50,000 and 70,000 apps.
In comparison, Microsoft shows just 10,000 apps as explicitly compatible with Windows 7, although the list isn’t a complete picture.
IDC also predicted a surge in smartphone sales, which could represent 16%, or about 200 million, of all phones sold in the world. They should also become less expensive overall, and significantly more are expected to cost $150 or less on a contract.
Predictions also have those devices in between phones and full-size computers gaining traction. IDC fully expects Apple to release a tablet by the end of 2010 and uses the more widely reported rumors as the basis for its likely specifications. It believes the tablet will have a touchscreen between 8 and 10 inches across and will have an added focus on e-books. The device, if successful, could cut deeply into sales of competing readers like the Kindle, according to the researchers.
Microsoft’s Courier may also be transformed into a production device but is less certain.