Globally, tablet sales in Q1 2021 stood at 39.9 million units – a huge increase compared with last year’s sales of 25.7 million. Apple’s iPad represented 31.7 percent of shipments in the recent quarter, with Samsung clocking-in at second place with a 20 percent share. Lenovo and Amazon took third and fourth place, holding a smaller 9.4 percent and 8.7 percent share, respectively.
Anuroopa Nataraj, research analyst with IDC, said: “While vaccine rollouts and businesses returning to offices may slow down the work-from-home trend, we are still far from returning to ‘normal’ working conditions and hence the demand for tablets, especially detachables, is expected to continue for a while.”
Apple recently reported record revenue of $89.6 billion, an increase of 54 percent compared to the same period a year earlier. The iPhone alone accounted for $47.9 billion, despite seemingly poor sales of its iPhone 12 mini model.
At the time, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “This quarter reflects both the enduring ways our products have helped our users meet this moment in their own lives, as well as the optimism consumers seem to feel about better days ahead for all of us.”