Worldwide shipments of tablet computers slowed down in the second quarter because Apple didn’t release a new model of its trend-setting iPad, research firm IDC said Monday.
Shipments totaled 45.1 million units in the April-June period, down nearly 10 percent from the first three months of the year. Still, the second- quarter total is up nearly 60 percent from a year ago, a sign that the market continues to grow.
“A new iPad launch always piques consumer interest in the tablet category, and traditionally, that has helped both Apple and its competitors,” said Tom Mainelli, a research director at IDC. “With no new iPads, the market slowed for many vendors.”
Apple normally releases a new iPad in the spring, but it has moved to fall launches to take advantage of the lucrative holiday shopping season. That means people who want iPads may be holding out for a new model. Samsung and other rivals have released new tablet models this spring, but IDC says those launches didn’t get the spillover boost that a new iPad would have provided.