Earlier this week, CEO Tim Cook said during Apple’s earnings call that the iPad had seen its most successful June quarter in nearly a decade. And now IDC is out with the latest worldwide shipping figures underlining Apple’s leading edge over tablet competition. After revamping the iPad Air in 2020 and launching an improved iPad Pro earlier this year, Apple is expected to update the iPad Mini.
IDC estimates that Apple shipped 12.9 million iPads in the second quarter. The closest competitor is Samsung, which reached 8 million shipments. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 tablets offer fantastic hardware and snappy OLED displays, but they remain crippled by Android’s less-than-great selection of tablet apps. Lenovo, which continues to release well-received Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets, came in third with 4.7 million units shipped and Amazon came in fourth with 4.3 million Fire tablet shipments.
Both PC and tablet shipments have soared over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic as people have adapted to working from home and distance education. IDC’s numbers show Chromebook shipments grew 68.6 percent year over year, reaching 12.3 million units sold in the second quarter. “While this wasn’t a record quarter for Chromebooks, it wasn’t far from the previous two quarters, which shattered previous highs,” IDC wrote.
But IDC does point to a potential slowdown in Chromebook and tablet sales due to ongoing chip shortages and declining consumer demand as more people return to the workplace or classroom. Apple has said that supply restrictions could hurt iPad sales in the coming months, and the iPhone could also be affected.