World Tablet Shipments to Hit 100 Million-Mark This Year; Apple Still the Leader

August 24, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The markets of the profitable computing solutions are still booming, especially its tablet segment.

According to updated analysis, the tablet shipments globally will cross the 100 million mark this year. A major share of this growth is triggered by the rising popularity for Apple’s iPad machines.

According to analyst firm ABI Research, tablet shipment has grown 36 percent to 25 million in the April to June quarter. This amounts to a 77 percent growth compared to the same period last year.

Apple still enjoys major share of the tablet market. It has bagged almost 69 percent of the tablet sales in the second quarter.

However, its rivals are also doing fine, says the research. Samsung, Apple’s principal rival, has seen an 8.1 percent growth in its tablet sales in the period. Even smaller players like Asus has recorded a four percent increase in the shipment.

Interestingly, Apple alone has shipped 17 million tablets in the second quarter of this year.

This is a staggering figure because in 2010, the overall tablet shipment by all vendors together was just 17.3 million.

However due to the popularity of iPad 2 device in the school market, the average selling prices of Apple tablets are falling, despite a growth in the shipment numbers.

According to analysts, the emergence of Surface tablet from Microsoft is less likely to affect the growth of Apple iPad, but may dent the Android market share.

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