Tablet Shipments Slump, IDC Blames Apple

Tablet Shipments Slump, IDC Blames Apple

IDC’s latest statistics for tablet sales are in, and they show a 10% decrease in sales during Q2 opposed to Q1. IDC claims the iPad drives the majority of tablet sales, and speculates the lack of a new iPad model not only hurt Apple, but all tablet manufacturers. If this is true, Apple had better get a new model out to the public soon. Looking at the history of the iPad, we can see it was originally announced in January of 2010. The first iPads hit stores in April of that year. The iPad 2 was released about a year later in March of 2011. The thrid generation iPads arrived on March 16, 2012, again following the “1 model per year” rule. Finally, the fourth generation iPad was released alongside the iPad mini in November of last year (just seven months after the previous model). Looking at this release schedule, it is clear that the current iPad is getting a little long in the tooth. Rumor has it, Apple has scheduled a special event for September 19. Most speculate this will be the release of the low cost iPhone, but it may yield a new iPad as well.

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