Global tablet sales fall by 4M units in April-June quarter: IDC

Global tablet sales slipped by slightly more than 4 million units on quarterly basis in the April to June period of this year, and Apple's share of the market dropped 32.4 per cent, according to market research firm IDC.

In its latest report, IDC said that global tablet sales slipped from 49.2 million units in the January to March quarter to 45.1 million units in the April to June quarter of 2013.

The research firm said that Apple's decision not to release a new iPad until the arrival of holiday shopping season could be cause of the decline in tablet sales.

Tom Mainelli, tablets research director at IDC, said that the slowdown in the market would likely continue till the third quarter of this year.

Commenting on the findings, Mainelli said, "A new iPad launch always piques consumer interest in the tablet category. With no new iPads, the market slowed for many vendors, and that's likely to continue into the third quarter."

In the April to June quarter; sales of Apple iPads slipped to 14.6 million, from 19.5 million in the previous quarter. Samsung and Asus saw their sales falling from 8.8 million to 8.1 million and 2.7 million to 2 million, respectively.