Tablet shipments globally dropped 9.7% sequentially to 45.1 million units in the second quarter. During that same time period, shipments of the Apple iPad slumped from 19.5 million to 14.6 million.
As the line blurs between smartphone and tablet screens, Samsung says that consumers will choose smartphones because of their better features, so the Korean manufacturer is turning to the 12 inch or larger tablet market where the demand for smartphones can't be felt. And since Apple still has the 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch MacBook Air in its lineup, the Cupertino based tech titan isn't expected to be in as much as a rush as Samsung is in developing the new slates and getting them out the door. We still have no idea when the first foot long slabs might see the light of day.