A new report was released today saying that the launch of the upcoming iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 in the last months of 2013 will give an incredible boost to the global tablet market, after the June quarter was quite bad for the industry in general.
According to IDC , tablet shipments in Q2 2013 declined by 9.7% , blaming this decline directly on the change in publishing schedule Apple adopted in the latter part of 2012, which saw the company’s tablet update cycle move from the start of Q2 to the beginning of Q4.
Analysts expect the launch of the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2 later this year to improve tablet market figures
Apple followed the same pattern of launches since the first iPad appeared in 2010 and, as a result, the tablet market sales figures in the June quarter had always been impressive, until last year when Apple decided to launch the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini at the end of the year, which meant that tablet sales figures reached an all-time record between October 2012 and March 2013.
But without the launch of a new iPad, the slide we saw in the June quarter we just passed was not good at all, with global sales of only 45 million units between April and June, which is a drop of almost 10% compared to the first quarter of 2013 , according to the report published by IDC.
This is the first time in a second quarter that sales have dropped since Apple reinvented computers and created the tablet sub-market. Needless to say, the iPad was the catalyst that triggered the growth of the tablet market. The absence of new models in the last 6 months has led to a slight quarterly decline, but IDC notes that in reality the industry recorded a 60% jump in the last 12 months .
The same result is likely to be repeated in Q3, despite the market entry of Google’s new Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3, but the research firm is quite optimistic about a possible comeback in the last quarter of 2013. Of course, the growth engine will be driven by the supposed launch of the iPad 5 which, according to analysts, could be launched in early September, along with the expected low-cost iPhone, also dubbed the iPhone Mini, iPhone Low Cost and, most recently, iPhone 5C.
As IDC comments in its report:
The iPad Mini 2, with or without the Retina, may also be a key factor in the enormous growth the research firm expects to see by the end of 2013, but its launch date remains a mystery. As reported in the IB Times, some analysts have predicted that the iPad Mini 2 will be launched between November and December of this year. However, others like Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI say the iPad Mini 2 will not see the light of day until March-April next year. Whoever is right, it is clear that everyone is waiting for the new iPad like water in May. You too?