This statistic shows the number of tablet shipments worldwide from the second quarter of 2010 to the third quarter of 2014. Most recently, tablet shipments stood at 76.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, with the spike being due to the Christmas period.
Worldwide tablet shipments - additional information
Almost 220 million units of tablets were shipped worldwide in 2013, with shipments peaking at just under 77 million units in the final quarter of the year. Of these shipments throughout the year, 58.5 million were shipped in the Asia/Pacific region, making it the largest region for the shipment of tablets. Shipments in this region are expected to increase further in the coming years with the number set to reach almost 100 million units by 2017. Europe is the second largest regional market with 61 million tablet shipments in 2013 and a further 101.7 million forecast to be shipped in 2017.
Android overtook Apple’s iOS as the most popular operating system in 2012 and as of the second quarter of 2014, almost 37 percent of all tablets that were shipped worldwide ran on the Android operating system. iOS remains the second most popular operating system, holding a shipment share of 13.3 percent.
Apple is the leading tablet vendor, holding a share of 22.8 percent of global tablet shipments in the third quarter of 2014. The company has nevertheless seen its market share in the tablet market decline sharply since over 60 percent of all tablet shipments were iPads in the second quarter of 2012. This has coincided with the rise of Samsung, whose tablets run on Android, which has seen its market share rise from 7.6 percent to 18.3 percent in the same time period. Overall Samsung shipped just short of 10 million units of tablets in the third quarter of 2013, in comparison to the 12.3 million shipped by Apple, which generated the company revenue of almost 5.9 billion U.S. dollars.