Sydney: Apple’s iPad has grabbed 68 percent of global sales in the second quarter of 2012, according to a survey. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Apple has again dominated the sizzling tablet computer market.
The preliminary report released in the U.S. by International Data Corporation (IDC) showed global tablet sales of 25 million, up by 33.6 percent from the first quarter and 66.1 percent year-over-year. Apple got a boost from the release of its newest version of the iPad, and sold 17 million tablets in the second quarter.
“Apple built upon its strong March iPad launch and ended the quarter with its best-ever shipment total for the iPad, outrunning even the impressive shipment record it set in the fourth quarter of last year," Tom Mainelli, an IDC analyst, said. “The vast majority of consumers continue to favor the iPad over competitors," the paper quoted Mainelli, as saying. “Demand is increasingly strong in sectors such as education”, Mainelli said.
Samsung jumped into second place with sales of nearly 2.4 million, up by 117 percent from a year earlier.
The IDC said that it expects competition in the tablet market to continue to heat up in the second half of 2012 with new product launches from Amazon, probably Apple, and an influx of Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows RT-based tablets.