The iPad is expected to have a great year and with good reason, as Apple just revealed this week in its earnings statement. The numbers were compiled by Strategy Analytics and released immediately. By looking at the report we find out that Apple managed to ship 17 million iPads in the third fiscal quarter of 2012. This represents almost 68.3% of total tablet shipments worldwide. The entire tablet industry shipped 24.9 million devices across the globe which marks a 67% growth compared to last year.
"While iPad shipment totals are beginning to slow a bit in mature markets where the device saw early traction, growth in other regions is clearly more than making up the difference,” said rTom Mainelli, research director for Mobile Connected Devices.
Basically Apple sold in one quarter the same amount of tablets that all the other tablet producers sold last year. That’s pretty amazing but such great statistics have become quite a standard for Apple lately. Over in the camp of the competition, things weren’t that peachy. Android tablets managed to amount to 7.3 million units compared to just 4.4 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2011.
Google managed to snatch 29.3% of the global tablet shipments, which is pretty much the same percent they reached in 2011. Microsoft barely managed to ship 600,000 tablets in Q2 of 2012, but considering that it doubled its numbers since 2011, we can say it’s pretty impressive. Their percentage increased as well from 1.2% of global market share to a steadier 4%. With the introduction of the new operating system Windows 8 tablet sales are expected to increase for Microsoft.
Source: https://www.strategyanalytics.com/de...viewer&a0=7591 and Apple iPad Captures 68 Percent Share of 25 Million Global Tablet Shipments in Q2 2012