DigiTimes has just released a research analysis of estimated tablet sales for the third quarter of 2011. Tablet sales have slowed dramatically, including iPad sales, apparently due to current economic instability. Even though Q311 saw less iPad shipments than Apple hoped for, it still breaks their all-time record so far, as well as analysts’ predictions, with 13 million shipped.
The second quarter of 2011 saw 9.25 million iPads shipped worldwide. Industry analysts predicted that the Apple tablet would reach 11 million shipped units in the third quarter. DigiTimes researchers stated that, “Apple’s iPad shipments in the third quarter did not meet its forecast and only reached 13 million units with a sequential growth of 36.8%.”
Overall estimated tablet sales were lower than expected for last quarter reaching 18.7 million units shipped. This is a significantly lower sequential increase of only 27.5 percent as opposed to the previous quarter with 60.9 percent sequential growth. Even with this less-than-stellar news, the iPad still out-performed all other tablets combined by 17.4 percent. This time last year, the iPad shipped 5 million units. After a whole year to break into the market, all non-iPad tablets combined shipped only 5.7 million units last quarter. The iPad surpassed that number by 7.3 million.