Tablet Shipments Drop 9.7% in Q2 2013: IDC

Global shipments of tablets slowed in the second quarter of 2013 as compared to earlier in the year, according to new research from the International Data Corporation. According to the Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, shipments dropped 9.7% from Q1 2013, and the drop was driven by the lack of a new iPad. But it’s not all bad news. During the quarter 45.1 million units shipped worldwide, which was up 59.6% from the same quarter in 2012, when 28.3 million tablets shipped.

During the quarter, Apple shipped 14.6 million iPads, down from 19.5 million in Q1 2013, and less than expected. In previous years, Apple has introduced a new iPad which has included Q2 sales. This year the company did not, though they are expected to launch a new iPad later this year, which is expected to boost holiday tablet sales.

“A new iPad launch always piques consumer interest in the tablet category and traditionally that has helped both Apple and its competitors,” stated Tom Mainelli, research director of tablets at IDC. “With no new iPads, the market slowed for many vendors, and that’s likely to continue into the third quarter. However, by the fourth quarter we expect new products from Apple, Amazon, and others to drive impressive growth in the market.”

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Meanwhile, the other two vendors in the top 3 also saw a decline in their unit shipments during the quarter. Second-place Samsung shipped 8.1 million units, down from 8.6 million in the first quarter of 2013, although up significantly from the 2.1 million units shipped in 2Q12. And third-place ASUS shipped a total of 2.0 million units in 2Q13, down from 2.6 million in 1Q13.