Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad tablet computer is still in the lead despite a decline in sales. Recent data comes from IDC Worldwide. It was discovered Apple commanded nearly 27% of tablet shipments during this year’s second quarter, which is close to 10% over Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:0059935).
Current tablet rankings
The South Korean tech giant holds the second place with 17.2% of the market. Lenovo Group Limited (ADR) (OTCMKTS:LNVGY) (HKG:0992) (personal computer maker from China) sits at third place with 4.9%, ASUSTEK Computer Inc. (TPE:2357) is place in fourth spot with 4.6 percent, and Acer Incorporated (TPE:2353) is in spot number five with two percent. It was Lenovo that experienced a significant burst of growth with an increase of shipments of 64.7% year over year. Overall, the market has grown 11% from last year to a total of 49.3% units. IDC attributes the growth to sales of smaller tablets.
Jitesh Ubrani explained that up until recent, Apple and Samsung have remained at the top of tablet sales with minimal impact from smaller tablet makers. Now we are seeing a growth from tablets while leveling shares across vendors.
A look at Apple’s smartphone sales
During the third quarter, Apple sold a total of 13.2 million iPads which was a 9.2 percent climb from last year. Apple has yet to release a new iPad this year but many are speculating the company will soon release new versions of the larger iPad soon. Right now it seems that there is more anticipation for the upcoming iPhone 6 and the purported iWatch. Smartwatches are the trend to watch right now.
There are already many high-tech watches saturating the market right now, but everyone is waiting to see what Apple will do with it. Given the fact it has revolutionized smartphones and tablet computers, the pressure on Apple is rather intense. Fans want a high-end watch that lets them keep track of their health needs on the go without having to pick up their smartphone.