Global shipments of tablets keep going down, according to a report by Digitimes Research. During the first quarter of 2018, only 33 million units were shipped. This is a 28.2% fall on a quarterly basis and 14.9% YoY. Analysts conclude that there are two main reasons for the massive drop – lack of stimulation from non-Apple manufacturers and clients adjusting inventory.
Apple introduced the new iPad 9.7 (2018), but the high price is preventing it from shipping meaningful numbers.
Size-wise, tablets launched in 2018 are 9.7 and bigger, while the 7 and 8 devices are declining in sales. The smaller size is 8% down for a second consecutive quarter. Looking at processors, Samsung and Huawei boosted their in-house solutions, while shipments for chipsets by MediaTek and Qualcomm kept going downward.
Apple is expected to go up in the next quarter with a new iPad Pro device. Other manufacturers are not planning any major launches and Digitimes is forecasting a drop of 6.24% in shipments to about 31.06 million units.