Tablet shipments declined 12.6% in the third quarter according to IDC
Apple isn't the only big name in the industry suffering right now. Samsung saw shipments of its slates decline by 17.1% year-over-year, in the calendar third quarter. In third place for the period was Lenovo, whose tablet shipments actually rose .9%. Fourth place Acer had its tablets shunned by the marketplace, as deliveries declined 43.4%. Lastly, in fifth place with a huge 147.9% increase in shipments, was Huawei. The latter sold a large number of tablets to those who live in areas with poor internet service. It turns out that 75% of the tablets it shipped have cellular connectivity.
Part of the problem with tablet sales is that unlike smartphones, there doesn't seem to be a two-year upgrade cycle. In fact, according to Ryan Reith, program director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the average tablet owner holds on to his slate for more than four years. Overall, IDC says that there are 581.9 million tablets in the world.