The Apple iPad is no longer dominating the tablet market

The Apple iPad is no longer dominating the tablet market
Apple's days of domination of the tablet market have come to an end based on the latest data. During its fiscal third quarter, Apple shipped a fewer than expected 14.6 million tablets which was down from the prior year's figure of 17 million. Meanwhile, shipments of Android flavored slates rose from 10.7 million in 2012 to 28.2 million during the second calendar quarter (equivalent to Apple's Q3). The 163% gain in Android tablet shipments has allowed tablets powered by Google's open source OS to take a 62.6% share of the global tablet market last quarter versus the 32.5% held by Apple. Amazingly, just one year before, Apple had 60.3% of the tablet market while Android owned 38%

The data, which comes from IDC, notes how Samsung shipped 8.1 million tablets in the April-June period. While that was lower than the 8.6 million shipped during the first quarter, it blew away the 2.1 million tablets that the Korean OEM transported in last year's second quarter. Lenovo and Acer each made the top five. Lenovo shipped 1.5 million tablets during the quarter, surpassing the million mark for the first time ever. With a 313.9% increase in shipments year-over-year, Lenovo now has a 3.3% market share. Acer's 1.4 million in tablet shipments was a 247.9% increase year-over-year, and 35% increase sequentially, leaving it with a 3.1% share.

According to IDC's research director Tom Mainelli, new tablets from Apple and Amazon are expected to energize the market by the fourth quarter.

source: IDC via BGR



1. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

I am going to say it again I LOVE MY IPAD 4 THE NO.1 TABLET

20. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i'm still holding strong to the iPad2... waiting for a MUCH DUE upgrade. COME ON APPLE RELEASE THE NEW IPAD ALREADY!!!

53. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

The Nokia tablet and phablet, will take over the market

61. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

not if is running RT

75. Mirosti

Posts: 9; Member since: May 08, 2013

But if it has (i'm pretty sure it will have) Windows 8 or Windows 9, it will sell!

84. Supaheight

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

again windows still needs improvements to catch up with android that is soon going to release android 5 which is getting furter

23. AnTuTu

Posts: 1622; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Great news. Android and Windows tablets FTW.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The Windows tablets that Microsoft took a huge write off for? Android tablets are cheaper and sometimes are built as well as an iPad is. I guarantee you if apple released a low cost iPad, they would kill the entire tablet market.

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

sometimes aren't*

62. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

iPad mini is their low-cost iPad. I guarantee you if apple release a low cost iPad, you can expect a much lousier specs.

65. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

He/She rarely comes back to answer.

46. zhiae unregistered

if ur android fan boy or wn8 fanboy it is okay son Samsung already have them in one tablet full pc

71. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

please, no Windows tablets with NSA back doors goo(dot)gl/abX1va

37. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Good for you fanboy. Enjoy your overpriced iFad with it's dated OS as the world passes you buy with cheaper more functional tablets.

47. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I got to say, iPhone may somehow really losing to other smartphone, but iPad is still the KING of talet for me.

58. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

agree....i love my ipad ,but when it comes to smartphones , its always going to be a android

72. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

are you sure? its just an iConboard while Android has even a multi-user environment and permission manager (Nexus) should really swap it iOS is like BIOS in compare to Android

76. ganeshs1996

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Yeah the iPad 4 is the number 1 tablet. From iOS that is. The Nexus 10 wipes it to the ground in terms of specs, pricing and OS.

81. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

specs arent everything , learn from moto x

85. Supaheight

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

well the judges have spoken i agree with you on tablet hand ipads are the best mainly in reliability but Now they lost that

2. Kreft

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

Good. The quicker apple dies the better. Vile company.

24. AnTuTu

Posts: 1622; Member since: Oct 14, 2012


32. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

so much hate on apple I see

39. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not on Apple per se, but on its legal douchebaggery.

41. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The legal is mostly true. The Samsung crap is deserved.

49. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

Yeah apple invented the rectangle with rounded corner shape. Do you even know how stupid you sound?

55. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Yes, Apple did invented the rectangle with rounded corner shape to be used as an Icon. It dates back to the MacIntosh computer from 1984. That was when Apple made GUI available for consumers on a mass-market basis.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Well i invented the rectangle with the square corner shape and you don't see me suing everyone do you? DO YOU!?!?!?!?!?

79. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

Wow now you're saying they copied Apple's soft GUI icons and used it to shape physical Samsung smartphones? Seems legit.

3. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Makes you wonder what Android could do if it had more OPTIMIZED for tablet apps.

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