Worldwide tablet shipments for the second quarter of 2013 have dropped following Apple's decision to delay the next iPad launch until the second half of the year, according to research firm IDC.
Figures from IDC said global tablet shipments for Q2 2013 fell by 9.7 percent since the last quarter, but the total number of tablet devices shipped is up 59.6 percent from the same quarter last year.
Tablet shipments for the second quarter reached 45.1 million units, compared with 49.2 million units in Q1 2013 and 28.3 million units in the same quarter in 2012.
Apple experienced a lower-than-predicted tablet shipment of 14.6 million units for the quarter, down from 19.5 million in the first quarter this year. IDC said this was because of Apple's decision not to release a new iPad model in March, as the firm now plans to release its next tablet offering during the second half of the year, in time for the Christmas season.
IDC tablet research director Tom Mainelli: "A new iPad launch always piques consumer interest in the tablet category and traditionally that has helped both Apple and its competitors.
"With no new iPads, the market slowed for many vendors, and that's likely to continue into the third quarter. However, by the fourth quarter we expect new products from Apple, Amazon and others to drive impressive growth in the market."
Apple noted slow iPad sales in the company's most recent quarterly financial report. The firm blamed sales of a new iPad model in helping to skew the firm's summer financial reports and returning a rare down quarter for Apple.
According to recent smartphone figures, the company is also seeing its smartphone shipments hit a new low market share in the face of competition from rival Android vendors.
The forecast comes amid an otherwise optimistic outlook for tablets. With sales generally soaring, the tablet market has prospered at the exepense of notebooks and desktops.
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