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Worldwide tablet sales down 12 percent year over year

Worldwide tablet sales down 12 percent year over year
Worldwide tablet sales down 12 percent year over year
Analysts at Trend Force are reporting double-digit falls for the first time since the company began tracking tablet sales.

Whereas Apple has been defying market trends by announcing excellent balance figures for its iPhone series this past fiscal quarter, iPad sales have not been as lucky. According to Trend Force, Apple is now facing a rapidly declining demand for tablets in general.

The Trend Force report is claiming a double-digit percentage drop in shipments from 192 million tablet PCs in 2014 to just 168.5 million units shipped in 2015. This represents a decrease of 12.24 percent.

The top 5 ranking of the world's largest tablet manufacturers remains largely the same nonetheless. Apple is still in the lead at 29.4 percent (down from 33 percent a year earlier) with Samsung right behind at 19.9 percent (down from 21.4 percent). Lenovo is further behind in third place at just 5.8 percent of total tablets shipped with Amazon and Asus further down at 3.3 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively. Trend Force is predicting another drop in tablet shipments by the end of this year from 168.5 million in 2015 to just 151.8 million.

The lower tablet shipment numbers mirror the recent drop in notebook and PC sales across the globe. In short, 2015 was a lukewarm year for Intel and major computer manufacturers alike.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-01-28 (Update: 2016-01-28)