Report: Worldwide tablet shipments off to a poor start in 2014
Apple said that it had sold 16.3 million units of its iPad during its fiscal second quarter (calendar first quarter) which was a sharp drop off from the 19.5 million sold in the same quarter last year. The numbers cited in the researcher's report were slightly different than what Apple announced, with 15.85 million iPads said to have been shipped in Q1. Non iPad tablets shipped totaled 22.31 million. That was a 20% decline from the December quarter, but up 30% year-over-year. The gain from the 2013 quarter was due to heavy demand for Samsung and Lenovo's Android powered slates. Asus' Windows Phone models also contributed to the gain.
Apple and Samsung werethisclose in the global manufacturer's rankings. Only 6 percentage points separated the two as the iPad is losing its grip on its once dominating share of the tablet market. Lenovo and Asus were third and fourth respectively. Amazon was seventh on the global tablet market share list, with Google at number ten.