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The launch of the iPad 2 could have serious implications for manufacturers looking enter the burgeoning tablet computer market, it has been claimed.

According to Mark Moskowitz of J.P. Morgan Research, Apple's eagerly-anticipated second-generation tablet is likely to take market share away from its rivals.

The Wall Street analyst claimed the arrival of new technology features with the iPad 2 could leave other vendors struggling to keep up.

Mr Moskowitz commented: "In our view, the technical and form factor improvements of the iPad 2 stand to make it tougher for the first generation of competitive offerings, meaning actual shipments could fall well short of plan."

He noted that Apple's products are "not for everyone", but the arrival of the iPad 2 is likely to have a major impact on the market nonetheless.

Apple announced last week that the new tablet will go on sale in the UK on March 25th 2011, two weeks after the initial US launch.

Internet service providers Orange and T-Mobile have already announced plans to offer the iPad 2 with their respective mobile broadband deals.

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