Still, add up the percentage of the market owned by the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Samsung Galaxy Tab slates and the Google Nexus 7, and they still can't overtake the iPad's share. But as Bob Zimmerman (you might know him as Bob Dylan) once sang,"The times they are a' changing." We recently told you that insiders in the upstream supply chain are looking for Apple iPad shipments to drop to as low as 10 million for Apple's fiscal fourth quarter. Not only did Apple just ship 14.6 million slates in its latest quarter, that number was well behind what analysts were looking for. A further drop to 10 million units would be a major slap in Apple's face.
The Apple iPad currently owns an all time low of 35.5% of the global tablet market according to figures from TrendForce. While Samsung's share was ahead on a sequential basis from the 20.2% it owned in the first quarter, the actual number of tablets it shipped actually declined, proving that overall the global tablet market ran into tough times in the April through June period.
One factor that might help Apple ring up some more tablet sales, would be the introduction and launch of the fifth-generation Apple iPad and the next iPad mini. Apple is said to be trying to decide whether or not to put a Retina display on the next iteration of its 7.9 inch tablet, fearing that doing so might take sales away from its full-sized slab. Meanwhile, the new Google Nexus 7 was available yesterday at a few retail locations, days before the July 30th launch date. Office supply chain Staples sold out of its supplies of both 16GB and 32GB models. At Amazon, the 32GB model is now on backorder and will arrive in 3 to 4 weeks. The strong start for the new Nexus 7 adds to the pressures now facing Apple in the tablet market.