Q1 2013: OK quarter for iPad, bad quarter for everyone else

Q1 2013: OK quarter for iPad, bad quarter for everyone else
Let's start 2013 with a quick tablet sales forecast! As you all know, tablets are all the rage now, with almost every consumer electronics manufacturer producing their own models and trying to get a piece of this growing pie. Tablets had a wonderful Q4, easily smashing any previous sales records. However, Digitimes has done some research and has found out that Q1 of this year will no be so glorious for our touchscreen gadgets. That is to be expected since there's normal period of slowdown following the holidays.

Quarter-on-quarter, overall tablet sales are expected to experience a 21.8% drop, from 43.1 million to 33.8 million units. The news isn't really bad considering that these numbers still represent a 75.8% increase compared to Q1 of 2012. Interestingly, even though there will be a drop in the global demand for tablets in Q1 2013 (compared to the previous quarter), Apple's iPad series of tablet computers is still expected to enjoy a 5% sequential increase. This means that non-iPad tablets will see the biggest drops in demand - up to almost 100%, from 22.1 million units to 11.8 million units.

Check out the chart below for more detailed information regarding tablet sales.


source: Digitimes

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19 Comments

1. cas_shekhar

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Its really difficult to beat iPad in terms of quality and usefulness. Just like SGSIII in smartphone, iPad is the king of tabs.

4. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Just a matter of time... WAIT AND SEE!!

9. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

it doesn't have a USB port, how useful is that?

10. xtplnet

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Its like Ipad performance is too good as compared to android tablets and well for window 8, I will still prefer to buy full laptop rather than windows RT tablet.

11. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

That's because you don't have a nexus7. ;)

17. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Nexus 7, all day.

2. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Ouch.. Come on, Samsung..go all out and release a super specced, high quality, well designed Note tablet already

3. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Ipad rules!!!

5. nikenturd unregistered

I hope SAMSUNG doesnt screw this one up by pricing the NOTE 8 tablet too high....

18. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Yeah I hope too. But wait...the rumors suggest that Note 8 will be priced at €450. I kinda hope THAT rumor won't be for real as it is too steep of a price for a small-sized tab

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iPad is king

7. Aeires unregistered

Let me know when the quarter is actually over.

8. andylancheros1

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

We need a new Note that worth the buy! Ipad is great however is too freaking xpensive, we need a new Android 5.0 to beat that one up with great price and usefullness! Go Sammy

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Ipad rules? Ipad is king? LOL! Did you look at the graph or you only read the article's title? Who made the forecast? Look at the graph: from when the nexus tablets came out, there are three facts: 1) non-ipdad shipments have jumped from 5 million in Q2 to 11.5 in Q3 and then 22 in Q4, that's an exponential rise 2) instead, the ipad curve is not so good, in particular there has been no increment between Q3 and Q4 2) in Q4 there have been more non-ipad shipments than ipad shipments So how could anyone do that prediction? I say: we'll see.

13. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

The ipad is going to rule , specially after Samsungs decision of pricing the note 8 at 400 dollars...

14. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

You can tell which articles are written by Ray just by looking at the title. Not even halfway through the quarter and he's already got an article claiming Q1 will be bad for every tablet but the iPad. I think the Digitimes report may even prove to be accurate, but Ray is still an Apple fanboy cheerleader. Can anyone not imagine him smiling perversely as he hit 'enter' to post this?

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

there is not a tablet market .. there is an ipad market... welcome all challengers

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that's actually a true statement. The iPad has better than 50% of that market, the rest make up the rest. iPad is the king, due to the end user experience. It takes more than specs people.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

why is that important to both of you that APPLE owns the tablet market - you both act like you get something out of it. I have the orginal ipad and the new one does look nice, but for my money the Nexus 7 is the king - when comparing cost and quality for what you pay for. The ipad has better screen quality, that is about it. Glad you like overpaying for products. APPLE has you both suckered in, and I am jealous...lol, jealous, that I did not create a company that overprices its products.

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