Apple iPad spearheads 124% growth in global tablet shipments during Q1

Apple iPad spearheads 124% growth in global tablet shipments during Q1
Led by 162% year-over-year growth in Apple iPad shipments for the first calendar quarter, total tablet shipments rose 124% in the worldwide global market during Q1. This is based on NPD's DisplaySearch quarterly figures which show that world-wide, Apple shipped 13.6 million units of the iPad in the first quarter, enough to give the device a 62.8% share of the global tablet market. Amazon's Kindle Fire gave up its second place position, replaced by Samsung. The Korean based manufacturer had a 7.5% marketshare and shipped 1.6 million units of its tablets in the period. That compares to Amazon's 4% global share and 900,000 Kindle Fire tablets that were shipped from January through March.

RIM and Asus were in a tie for fourth place. Both the BlackBerery PlayBook and various Asus tablets shipped half a million units globally during the three months ended in March. That works out to a 2.3% marketshare for both manufacturers. Things were a lot different in the Q4 2011 numbers produced by IDC. While Apple still led with a 54.7% marketshare, the Amazon Kindle Fire was second with a 16.8% share. Samsung was third with 5.8% of the market. Of course, IDC and NPD might use different methodologies to produce their rankings, and sales of the Kindle Fire might have dropped off sharply after the holiday season. It was during the Xmas shopping season when the $199.99 price for the Amazon Kindle Fire led to huge sales.

Apple's own numbers for the quarter (which is its second fiscal quarter) were a little more conservative than NPD's. The Cupertino based firm says that it shipped 11.8 million tablets for a 151% gain year-over-year. The Apple iPad has become the most important product in the company's mobile PC device lineup. According to NPD, 4 out of every 5 mobile PC devices being shipped by Apple is an iPad.

source: NPD via AppleInsider


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15 Comments

1. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Nice, but we could use some more variety, Windows 8 tablets should help.

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, wish it came quick. Tired of people considering an oversized iPod Touch a tablet and Android just lacks development and apps. Microsoft need to show them how it's done, a touchscreen device with the full functions of a PC.

4. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Yeah Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 8. It will become the ultimate gaming OS since you will be able to play your 360 games on it and it will be the best business tablet with Microsoft Office. Plus Metro style looks awesome.

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Damn even a hopeless fandroid like you has given up on android tablets

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Because unlike you, I am a programming student who wants to contribute back to the mobile OS society. Right now, I don't need a giant iPod to play games and watch videos, and even with all the productivity apps on Android, it isn't really productive in my course of study which requires me to code and design programs, something only a tablet with the capabilities of a PC can provide. People like you should continue using your iPad and waste your life away, or hell, just die, more oxygen for the rest of us.

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

18-24 and poor. Yup you fit the android demographic.

13. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yes, and because you spend $500 on a oversized music player you consider yourself rich, typical iDiot.

15. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Taco you make me laugh. Thanks dummy :)

16. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Hey taco just because I prefer Android on my phone doesn't mean I prefer it on my tablets. Right now I don't have a favorite tablet OS. Heck I have a Widows 7 PC because it runs the applications I need and I like Windows, that doesn't make me any less of a fan of Android. Man you really need to learn to be more open minded, but I guess that happens when you’re a sheep.

3. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Please other tablets not named ipad... get worthy tablets on the market... or fandroids will be like crabs... walking sideways or backwards

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

That's hilarious Gallito

14. blinkdagger

Posts: 81; Member since: May 04, 2012

gallito and taco should get married

17. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

chicken tacos!

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Next year we'll see some windows 8 tablet numbers on there charts

9. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I have tried windows 8 sytle development and it still has many bugs and improvement needs. I think microsoft should workhard to fix those. Ipad still rules in next 2 years I think.

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