IDC reports 14.7% year-on-year drop in global tablet shipments in 2016 Q3

Research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) released its latest report on Monday, revealing that the 2016 third quarter market another rough quarter for the tablet market, thanks to a plunge in global tablet shipments.

According to the statistics released by IDC, the shipments of tablet computers across the world during the July-September 2016 quarter recorded a 14.7 percent year-on-year decline to 43 million units. In the same quarter last year, global tablet shipment figures stood at approximately 50.5 million units.

With regard to the breakup of tablet shipments by different vendors in the 2016 third quarter, IDC has revealed in its report that iPad shipments by Apple during the mentioned quarter dropped 6 percent year-on-year, from 9.9 million units to 9.3 million units.

Meanwhile, Apple's closest competitor Samsung witnessed a 19 percent year-on-year plunge in global tablet shipments in 2016 third quarter; with the shipment figures dropping from 8.1 million units last year to 6.3 million units this year.

The IDC report also said that Apple continued to be the leading tablet maker, accounting for 22 percent of the tablet market, in 2016 third quarter; with Samsung being the second largest tablet manufacturer with a 15 percent market share.