During the second quarter of 2013, tablet sales slowed, reported IDC. IDC offers a few explanations.
World wide tablet sales were up almost 60% over last year, however the second quarter were down 10% lower than the first quarter. IDC believes that the market slowed because there was not a a new iPad released and Apple fans were waiting for the next iPad.
By the fourth quarter, IDC by expects new products from Apple, Amazon, and others to drive impressive growth in the market.
Apple shipped 14.6 million iPads in Q2 which is 5 million fewer than the first quarter. Apple represented 32.4% of market share.
Number two, Samsung shipped 8.1 million units with 18% of the market, down from 8.6 million in the first quarter of 2013, which was significantly higher from the 2.1 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2012.
Third-place ASUS shipped a total of 2.0 million units in 2Q13, down from 2.6 million in 1Q13. Asus shot to third place, previously, due to Nexus 7 sales which the company makes for Google.
Lenovo, at number 4, shipped 1.5 million tables and Acer shipped 1.4 million.
The new Nexus 7 was just released. New Amazon Kindle Fire, iPad and iPad mini are expected to be released in the fall.
In May A International Data Corporationp edicted tablet shipments will exceed those of portable PCs this year, as the slumping PC market is expected to see negative growth for the second consecutive year. In addition, IDC expects tablet shipments to outpace the entire PC market (portables and desktops combined) by 2015.