The present state of the tablet market is still taking a tumble.
Apple had a major fall out of more than 6 percent in tablet sales during the third quarter ended in 2016. The tech giant shipped 9.3 million tablets compared to 9.9 million, a year ago. However, still put it at the top of the tablet market.
Rival Samsung, comes in at 2nd place, is not also left out of this too as it also saw its tablet shipments drop to 6.3 million in the third quarter compared to 8.1 million last year (a 19 percent decrease). Reports show that the fall is indeed due to the market’s heavy reliance on tablets like the iPad that use a touch screen or pen.
The iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini-series have appealed most to the public and suit that category.
Amazon comes in 3rd position, with its very affordable slates, at 7.3% with 3.1 million units shipped.
Lenovo is fourth, with 6.3% and Huawei fifth with 5.6%. Experts at IDC still say that the Microsoft Surface tablets may catch up to the Apple iPad by 2020. They already scored big, as the public’s view of the Surface is positive and the product is second placed in the J.D Power 2016 US tablet satisfaction study, second only to the iPad.
What do you guys think? Will Apple still maintain its lead? Or can the 2-in-1 devices upstage them?