50.4%, so it may seem odd that it would take another 6-10 months before Apple finally slips under 50% of the tablet market, but Sameer Singh, analyst for Tech-Thoughts, says that the recent drop was something of an aberration, and AppleEarlier this month, we saw that the iPad market share had dropped to just
According to Singh, both the drop and the surge are due to the recent iPad announcement. Apple traditionally has a drop in shipments and sales just before a new product is announced, or before a product refresh is announced, and Apple did both recently with the iPad 4 and the iPad mini. So, the new tablets from Apple will surge this quarter and next, but eventually Android will catch up anyway, because Apple's two tablets vs the myriad Android options isn't exactly a fair fight. Ultimately, in either Q2 or Q3 of 2013, Apple will finally, and maybe permanently shift into second place in the tablet market, behind Android.