DigiTimes, the usual off-peak season effects could cause upwards of a 15-20% drop in global tablet shipments. The news comes from DigiTimes' favorite "Taiwan-based supply chain makers", so take from this what you will. DigiTimes Research expects Apple to ship just 18 million iPads in Q1 2014, which would be a 22.7% drop compared to the holiday quarter when Apple shipped 26 million tablets. However, Apple seems more optimistic based on the reported component orders, and could be expecting about 20 million units shipped.According to
With Apple taking a drop like that, Samsung is expected to close the gap in tablet shipments. According to the report, Samsung could come withing 4 million units of Apple's tablet shipments for the quarter.