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The Apple iPad remains the dominant force in the tablet market, according to a leading IT analyst.

International Data Corporation (IDC) claimed the device remains the most popular among touch screen device users, and no change is expected in the foreseeable future.

Consumers are able to access 3G and Wi-Fi enabled iPads, allowing them to access the internet on the move.

And the popularity of iPad broadband perhaps helps to explain rising adoption rates in this ever-growing market.

IDC recently made an upwards revision to its global tablet forecast for 2012, predicting that 117.1 million units will be shipped this year.

The firm's previous expectation was for manufacturers to distribute 107.4 million tablets in 2012.

By 2016, IDC expects to see 261.4 million units shipped every year, as consumer demand for Apple iPads and similar devices continues to rise.

"Despite ongoing economic concerns in most regions of the world, consumers continue to buy tablets in record numbers and we expect particularly strong demand in the fourth quarter of 2012," said Tom Mainelli, research director for mobile connected devices at IDC.

"Apple leads the market with its iPad, and we expect its dominance to continue in the second half of the year. Still, we believe there is room in the market for others to find success."

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