Apple Maintains Narrowing Lead in Tablet Market Share

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Research firm IDC today published its tablet shipments estimates for the first calendar quarter of 2014, with Apple holding onto its lead in tablet market share. According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, the iPad accounts for approximately one third of all global tablets shipped in the first three months of 2014.

    Worldwide tablet shipments in 1Q14 in millions of units (Source: IDC)
    On a vendor basis, Apple remains the number one manufacturer, but its dominance is starting to slip. iPad shipments declined both quarterly and yearly, causing Apple to lose some ground to rival Samsung, which saw increases in both units shipped and market share.
    Apple's iPad shipments (red) and share of worldwide tablet shipments (blue) for 2Q11-1Q14 (Source: IDC)
    On a platform basis, Android is the leader with a two-thirds share of the market, followed by iOS. Windows market share remains small, but is growing due to popularity of inexpensive, hybrid notebook tablets like the ASUS Transformer T100.

    When analyzing these numbers, it is important to note that IDC tracks shipments instead of sales, making it impossible to know how many shipped devices were actually purchased by consumers and how many remain on retail shelves. IDC's figures also are estimates, as most companies do not release their exact tablet shipment data. Research firms like IDC must rely on supply chain data and calculations from information that is made public by manufacturers to build their estimates.

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  2. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Like Tim Cook said, its about usage not market share.
    But this data still impressive for Apple to be number one knowing lots of competition in the tablet market.
  3. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Apple had almost 70% of the tablet marketshare yet this news story likes to paint a different picture. Apple iPad is in major decline!!!!!

    What a joke macrumours and I'm not laughing.

  4. solarguy17 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2007

    Maybe but market share drives investors and shareholders.
    But what this is a sign of is the fact that 2-3 years ago the ONLY table was the iPad. So tons of people bought them, including Android and MS users. With the recent (<1yr) release is new Galaxy, Surface, ect those users have actual options within the ecosystem they prefer. So naturally when it comes time to upgrade they are going to go with that OS tablet style.
    This makes sense and hopefully Apple doesn't get to concerned becuase it's natural.
    Same thing happened with the iPhone.
  5. genovelle macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    I also find it suspect that no one else reports any sales or shipments. They just throw out hints. Samsung actually did until just two years back. Then they started hinting at what they shipped on initial releases and somehow this sets the guessing in motion. I wonder if the media would allow Apple to suddenly stop reporting sales? It would be one less metric they have to beat Wall Street's made up numbers.
  6. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    thats strange because in 2012 he had two slides to highlight that the ipad had almost 70% of the marketshare. now that its down its not an important metric?
  7. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    iPad is in major lead, not narrow lead.

    MacRumors is trying to paint a different picture to stir up more discussion. :apple:
  8. RedOrchestra Suspended

    Aug 13, 2012
    So the same Apple fanz cheering this metric, pooh-poohed the smartphone metrics, yesterday - figures.
  9. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    R u kidding? Look at the graph

    Apple is dwindling
  10. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    I remember back in wwdc or when apple announce the new ipad (I forgot which) that the ipad marketshare was 40-50% but the usage for ipad was around 70-80% and Tim questioned where are the other tablet that people had purchase.

    I wouldn't say not an important metric but Apple always been highlighting the usage of their device, or how many song or apps downloaded etc.
    Marketshare seems like secondary objective for them.
  11. Karma*Police macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2012
    If the court room drama between Apple and Samsung taught us anything, it's that these IDC numbers are a joke.
  12. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    but do they really make money off usage?

    Im under the impression that most of their profits come from hardware sales, but what do i know
  13. Dirtfarmer macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2012
    so misleading

    So misleading.

    The headline is only accurate if software doesn't matter.

    But of course software matters.

    If you quantify by software, rather than by vendor, Apple's tablets have gone from industry leaders to also-rans. That's what the headline should say.

    Macrumors is the world's greatest pump-and-dump site.
  14. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    "but its dominance is starting to slip"

    My understanding of dominance must be different because back when Apple had over 90% of the tablet market that was considered dominant. This here is nothing but a small lead that will soon evaporate.
    The phone and tablet market will dry up for Apple because cheaper product will do the same if not better than Apple's offerings. Need to either bring Steve Jobs from the dead (maybe another Jobs article will do the trick) or replace Tim Cook with someone else.
  15. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    That graph is far different from reality.

    When I go out, I see iPad (in people hands, actually being used) everywhere. I rarely see othe tablet at all. The only place I see so many other tablets are on shelves and demo units but that's about it.
  16. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    I guess you've never listened to Chevy owners.
  17. mk_in_mke macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2003
    Milwaukee, WI
    The interpretation is a joke...

    The % share is calculated from the tablet ACTIVE BASE. What I mean is means is "out of 100 active / in use tablets, how many are Samsung or Apple or whatever...?" That's the market share...

    The numbers in the table today are just number of units sold or shipped... And definitely not the representation of each player's respective market share. So who cares?

    Now, that Apple sells less in numbers? You have to be a serious idiot not to think that because of the numbers of players in the tablet arena in 2014, Apple is still going to have the largest numbers and the same market share when there was a handful of players in 2010 or even 2011. Kindle, Samsung, Sony, Amazon, Barnes Noble,... are all players who contributed to the erosion of Apple market share and this is and this was expected. No surprise here...

    The only surprise? Some posters' ongoing lack of rational thinking and what the numbers really mean because no one has a clear picture.
  18. JoEw macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2009
    Haha apple is one company, and look how much tablet share they hold for 1 company.
    The next closest is the giant mix of "other" category.

    I think apple is doing fine guys, though yes the market has saturated and like every other market this always happens.

    Apple does not compete at the low end, you can get android tablets for 40 bucks on amazon...

    If every tablet were priced equally we would see the ipad has the dominate marketshare close to 80%-90%.

    price points divide markets, grouping 40 dollar android tablets with 300-800 dollar ipads is a bit silly.

    And i will save the silly car analogies for someone else ;)
  19. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    Yes plenty of Android Tablets for $40 dollars. Outside the US, Asian markets, even less than $40 bucks. Of course Android will dominate Marketshare. It won't hurt Apple in sales and usage dominance. All this does is provide bragging rights to Google and Android fans as having more physical units out there that people will use for basic stuff and freebies to play with. Google is the real winner in the Android Marketshare dominance since they now have a huge supply of users to data mine and sell off to advertisers.
  20. 69Mustang macrumors 601


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Which report did you two read about Android marketshare? I didn't see anything about Android in the OP.:confused:
  21. snprintf macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2014
    I'm pretty sure that they say that market share alone is not important, but market share combined with something else (like usage per device) is.

    It's like company value vs stock price. Stock price alone means nothing, but if the price per share of a company increases, the company's value increases (ignoring splits and concats).


    That's good to hear for three reasons. One, it's good to be in the bigger ecosystem. Two, I'm glad people can at least realize how horrible the other tablets are, where the difference is much more apparent than with phones. Three, I'm sure some part of my S&P500 ETF is AAPL.

    Now, if we can just see all the tablet sales shoot down to 0 and Mac sales quadruple as people stop buying these dumb wannabe laptops...


    Samsung. Their OS is a variant of Android.
  22. 69Mustang macrumors 601


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I know it may seem so, but Samsung =/= Android. And yes, Android is an OS but the report is about tablet manufacturers' marketshare not OS marketshare.. That's why you don't see iOS, Android, etc. That's a different report altogether.
  23. ICEMAN-sven macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012

    Something I expected. The last 2 iPad's had only minor improvements. Nothing to blow your mind. Little faster and lighter. Without the mini, Apple share would be much lower.

    The last big innovation was Retina with the iPad 3. Since then, more or less nothing from Apple. As a owner, there is not one good reason for a upgrade.
  24. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Savvy investors don't care about marketshare as much as revenue, profit, and sales growth. It's all about "show me the money". Of course there are a lot of retail emotional investors out there that probably do care more about who sells more because they don't understand the difference between revenue, profit, marketshare, EBITA, etc. They "invest" in headlines, not bottom-lines.

    Marketshare in a vacuum a meaningless number. To oversimplify, if a company achieves 60% marketshare by selling its widget at a razor thin 5% margin resulting in revenue of $10,000 then it's not as good an investment as a company that has 40% marketshare but can achieve 45% margin on $5,000 revenue.

    That is a key reason why investors, who are always looking at the downside, didn't care last month when Apple announced iPad sales slipped. Apple is maintaining its crazy high margins, profits for the quarter are at a record, and it raised its dividend. THAT is what investors want to see.

    Also, investors look to the quality of the customer, i.e., will the customer more likely than not lead to additional revenue. Survey after survey have shown iOS users have a significantly greater tendency to purchase apps and media than Android users. 30% of that revenue goes direct to Apple. That's not the story with Android and it's h/w makers. They don't get the benefit of after-sales s/w revenue.
  25. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003

    Market share has nothing to do with active base. It's sales over a given time period (further obscured in this case because sales to consumers isn't known for most vendors).

    It's not really a shock that hoards of cheaper tablets will start to catch up to sales of "premium-only" vendors like Apple in terms of pure units shipped.

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