According to research firm IDC, worldwide shipments of tablets are predicted to reach 25 million units in Q2 of 2012, an increase of 18.7% in the earlier quarter this year. This shows that there has been growth of 33.6% quarter-over-quarter.
Apple, for the eighth successive quarter sold more tablets than any other tablet manufacturer. The world’s most valuable company, shipped a record breaking 17 million iPads in Q2 of 2012, a substantial increase from 11.8 million units shipped the previous quarter, thus grabbing a 68.2% market share.
Trailing behind is Samsung Electronics Co. which experienced remarkable growth of its tablets with total shipped units of 2.4 million and resulting in 9.6% market share.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire which is sold only in the US and Asus shipped 1.2 million units and 855,454 units respectively.
Acer was at the bottom of the top five and was the only tablet maker to see its shipments fall from 629,222 units last year to 385,458 units in this year’s quarter.
Speaking about iPad’s continuous domination in the tablet market, Tom Mainelli, research director of Mobile Connected Devices said, most consumers prefer the iPad over others and iPad is also getting a lot of interest from vertical markets mostly education. Even though iPad sales are slowing down in the developed markets, robust sales of the device in other regions are eventually closing in the difference.