We heard the other day, thanks to the quarterly earnings stuff, that the iPhone performed surprisingly well in fiscal Q3 (Q2, on normal calendars), with 31.2 million units sold.
Sadly, it wasn’t such great news for the iPad, with a significant year-on-year decrease, one that – according to TrendForce – sees Apple’s tablet market share hit an all-time low. Eek.
Apple shifted 14.6 million iPads in fiscal Q3, which probably sounds quite impressive on the face of it, but is actually down from 17 million in the same period in 2012, and a drop from 19.5 million in the previous quarter.
That figure equates to 35.5% of the total 41.1 million tablet sales in fiscal Q3, and though over one-third, represents a historical low for the iPad.
Meanwhile, Android tablets continue their advance, with Samsung – unsurprisingly – leading the charge. With 8.8 million Galaxy tablets sold, that’s 21.4% share.
Much like the smartphone market, everyone else is miles behind Apple and Samsung in tablets. Third and fourth place went to Asus and Acer respectively, with a comparatively lame 1.6 and 1.5 million sold.
Google Nexus 7 aside, I still don’t understand why anyone would buy a non-iPad tablet. Price and contempt for Apple, I guess.
The presumably imminent launches of the fifth gen iPad and iPad mini 2 should give those figures a jolt, but there's no escaping the fact that the iPad's once stranglehold grip is more of a gentle throat-based caress these days.