Tablet Market Grows While Also Declining
Despite the tablet market declining for the second consecutive quarter, it actually grew from last year, according to the International Data Corp. (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.
Tablet sales saw an 11 percent year-over-year growth in the second quarter, with 49.3 million units sold, compared to 44.4 million last year. The market saw a slight decline after selling 50.4 million units in the first quarter, a dropoff of 1.5 percent.
The growth from last year is thanks in large part to smaller vendors joining the tablet market, IDC said.
IDC believes we'll see a "positive but slower growth" in the market this year compared to last, citing "stronger commercial demand," and the Apple-IBM partnership leading to "enterprise-specific offerings."