Tablet shipments fell 10 percent year-over-year to 46.5 million units during the first quarter of 2016, the lowest level since the third quarter of 2012, according to the latest stats from market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Demand for ultramobiles (basic and utility tablets) – a category that includes the iPad, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Nexus 7 and Acer Iconia Tab 8 – is forecast by Gartner to decline 3.4 percent in 2016.
ABI Research said Wednesday that it expects worldwide tablet shipments to sink below 140 million units in 2021, down from 207 million last year.
Detachable tablets, which appeal to enterprises users are replacements for bulkier laptops, are bucking the downward tablet market trend, according to the latest stats from IDC.
Gartner is forecasting that by the end of this year, 82 percent of mobile phones shipped worldwide will be smartphones, up an impressive 12 percent from last year.
Despite the emergence of larger tablets in 2015, the smaller 7- and 8-inch branded tablets will remain the most popular for the time being, ABI Research predicted.
Mobility is allowing workers to be more productive and responsive to customer needs and creating new flexibility in their work routines. But it also presents challenges for IT professionals, who are now tasked with ensuring these devices don't compromise their organization's information or hinder employee productivity. In this contributed article, Mary Pichotta of 3M offers advise on using screen privacy and protection filters to address these challenges.
Microsoft's Windows-based tablets are expected to double their share of the worldwide tablet market by 2019, taking market share from both Apple's iOS and Android tablets, according to IDC's latest tablet market forecast.
At least one financial expert expects the iPad Pro, unveiled earlier this month, to drive significant revenue for Apple in the coming months, according to a report from AppleInsider.
While Apple invented the tablet category, it looks like Microsoft has figured out how to monetize it.