Earlier this week during Apple revenue CEO Tim Cook said the iPad had experienced its most successful June quarter in nearly a decade. And now IDC has released the latest worldwide shipping data highlighting Apple’s leading leadership in the tablet competition. Apple has updated the iPad Air in 2020 and released an updated iPad Pro earlier this year upgrade iPad Mini.
IDC estimates that Apple shipped 12.9 million iPads in the second quarter. Its closest competitor is Samsung, which reached 8 million shipments. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 tablets offer great hardware and striking OLED screens, but Android is still limited by the range of tablet computers. Lenovo, which still releases well received Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets, ranked third with 4.7 million units and Amazon fourth with 4.3 million Fire tablet shipments.
Deliveries of both computers and tablets have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as people have adapted to work from home and distance learning. IDC figures reveal that Chromebook shipments grew 68.6 percent from a year earlier to 12.3 million units in the second quarter. “While this wasn’t a record quarter for Chromebooks, it wasn’t far from the previous two quarters, breaking previous records,” IDC wrote.
However, IDC points to a potential slowdown in sales of Chromebooks and tablets due to continued chip shortages and declining consumer demand as more people return to work or the classroom. Apple has said delivery restrictions could be detrimental to iPad sales in the coming months, and this could affect the iPhone as well.