iPad market share dips to less than 30% while tablet market grew 7% overall

by: Gary SimsOctober 31, 2013

Galaxy Note 8 vs Nexus 7 vs iPad mini aa (6) -600pxAccording to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), Apple’s share of the tablet market dropped to below 30 percent during the third quarter of this year against a background of overall growth in the tablet market.

The company estimates that 47.6 million tablets were shipped during Q3 which represents a seven percent growth compared to the second quarter and a near 37 percent growth when compared to the third quarter of 2012. However it seems that Android is still eating away at Apple’s market share. Since Apple moved its iPad launches from Spring to Fall there was a gap with no new tablet announcements, this in turn seems to have directly affected sales.

iPad shipments have slipped from 14.6 units in the second quarter of 2013 to 14.1 million units in Q3. This means that compared to last year iPad shipments have only increased one percent. During the three months ending in September, Apple’s tablet market share dropped to 29.6 percent, its lowest share ever.

While some undoubtedly hoped for more aggressive pricing from Apple, the current prices clearly reflect Apple's ongoing strategy to maintain its premium status -- Jitesh Ubrani, Analyst with IDC.

However with the new iPad Air and iPad mini (with Retina display) starting to ship during November, it is estimated that this dip below 30 percent will be temporary. A criticism often leveled at Apple is its pricing strategy with its tablets aimed at the higher end of the market, however it is worth noting that the latest generation of tablets from Google and Amazon all carry higher prices than their predecessors.  The newest 7-inch tablets from these companies now sell at $229 (up from $199) to cover the higher costs associated with higher resolution screens and high end processors.


In the Android segment Samsung continues to dominate with a 20.4 percent overall market share. It managed to ship 9.7 million units during Q3 making it the second biggest tablet manufacturer after Apple. Its closest rival is Asus which shipped 3.5 million units during Q3. The total number of tablets shipped by Samsung, Asus, Lenovo and Acer combined is 16.7 million units. This means that the top four Android manufacturers control some 35 percent of the tablet market.

However other manufacturers, including the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, HP, Dell and some other lesser-known brands still account for nearly 17 million of the tablets sold during the quarter. This “others” category has grown 25 percent when compared year-over-year with 2012.

Do you own a tablet? Did you buy it from one of the big five: Apple, Samsung, Asus, Lenovo and Acer or did you opt for one made by a different brand?

  • Mike Kister

    I was given a Kindle Fire for Christmas the year it debuted and I gave my wife a Samsung Galaxy tab 2 7.0 last Christmas. I wanted to get her a Nexus but they were all sold out before the holiday.

    Currently looking at a Nexus 7 with T-Mobile.

    • adam evans

      2013 version is fantastic! Will blow your kindle away!

      • Mike Kister

        I’m sure it will ^__^

  • Luka Mlinar

    It’s not about people hating on Apple that hurt the company, it’s when people stopped giving a shit about them. And here we are. :)

  • Note Lover

    I will be getting the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 (2014 Edition) and can’t wait!!!

  • MasterMuffin

    I’m actually getting a Lumia 2520 to replace my iPad. Don’t judge me :)

    • NeedName

      Oh, you’re gonna be judged!

      • MasterMuffin


  • jusephe

    WoW that is horrible ! I as an iSheep I am going to kill myself !

    This is what android fans want to hear ? Instead of “I am going to buy an iPad mini with retina display.” (instead of two 199$ android tablets)

    So you got it. Are you happy with your life now ? No ?

    • RCCola85

      Lol that was pretty pathetic.

  • NismoGuy

    It was a matter of time. So many more companies offering tablets that do so much more than the iPad. Sure, retina display is nice but is that alone going to sell you on plunking down all that money? Or are you looking for a tablet that has the most productivity features out there.
    For me it was an easy choice– Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

  • Groud Frank

    I got my mom an Asus tablet. I also suggested the same for a friend of hers who was impressed with it and wanted one. Now I am suggesting Nexus 10s to people who ask me about what tablet to get. Android does more for a lot less than iPads. I cannot in good conscience advice anyone to buy an iPad unless they prefer the Apple ecosystem. Samsung is too expensive at times. I refer to them as the Apple of the android world.