According to IDC, tablet sales for the second quarter was slower than expected. Over 45.1 million tablets were shipped. This is 9.7 percent below the previous quarter, a first time slide in sales.
The absence of a new iPad during the spring is the focus of the IDC article. Apple is now promoting the iPad later in the year, in hopes to garner a larger back to school market.
Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad this fall. Apple’s market share has dropped from 60 percent last year to 33 percent market share this year. In contrast, Android-based tablets grew 163 percent. Windows tablets jumped 527 percent – now representing 4 percent of the overall market.
Lenovo and Acer both re-entered the top five manufacturers this quarter.