Tablet Fans Wait for New iPads to Arrive
After continuing its rapid expansion for most of the last year, the tablet market finally began to slow down in the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest data from research firm IDC.
The new research indicates that worldwide tablet shipments were up almost 60 percent year-over-year but second quarter results were nonetheless down nearly 10 percent relative to the first quarter. In a statement, IDC research director Tom Mainelli said the market slowed because, unlike in years past, Apple didn't release a new iPad model during the second quarter. IDC estimated that 45.1 million units were shipped during the quarter.
As Mainelli's statements might imply, Apple remained the top tablet vendor, with 14.6 million units shipped in the quarter. Still, the report was a mixed bag for Apple: Though both new iPads and iOS 7 are expected to galvanize sales later this year, IDC noted that Apple's second quarter shipment tally was lower than anticipated and that Apple shipped almost 5 million more iPads in the first quarter.
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— Michael Endler, Associate Editor, Information Week