IDC: Apple iPad continues to dominate ‘outstanding’ tablet market

While much of the world is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of Apple’s iPad and other tablets remain on fire, as iPad continues to dominate what IDC calls an “outstanding” tablet market. Tablets had an outstanding first quarter of 2021 with 55.2% year-over-year growth and shipments totaling 39.9 million units, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker.

IDC: Apple iPad continues to dominate 'outstanding' tablet market
The M1 chip and 5G speeds enable the new iPad Pro to push the limits of what’s possible on iPad.

Growth of this magnitude has not been seen since the third quarter of 2013 when the tablet market grew by 56.9% year over year.

Top Five Tablet Companies, Worldwide Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q1 2021
(Preliminary results, combined company view for the current quarter only, shipments in millions)

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PCD Tracker, April 29, 2021 Notes: * Since Huawei sold its Honor business, data for Huawei in the top line excludes Honor volume for both 1Q21 and 1Q20.  ** For year-on-year comparison, an extra line has been added below the table to show what Huawei's growth would have looked like including Honor volume in 1Q20.
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PCD Tracker, April 29, 2021
Notes: * Since Huawei sold its Honor business, data for Huawei in the top line excludes Honor volume for both 1Q21 and 1Q20. ** For year-on-year comparison, an extra line has been added below the table to show what Huawei’s growth would have looked like including Honor volume in 1Q20.

MacDailyNews Take: There’s only one iPad. The rest are just knockoffs, wannabes, also-rans, and road kill. This is why Apple’s iPad continues to dominate the worldwide tablet market.


  1. No one says the rich or large corporations should not pay taxes. The last administration lowered the corporate tax rate from 39% to a more competitive 21%.

    High U.S. corporate tax rate will reduced U.S. competitiveness and encouraged corporations to shift profits abroad and in some cases to “invert,” i.e., move headquarters to a foreign jurisdiction to avoid U.S. tax liability. Smart money moves to safe investment zones.

    Hong Kong Capital gains tax is 0%
    Hong Kong Corporate tax rate is 8.25-16.5%
    Main Land China Business Tax Rate 15% (not to mention vast armies of slave labor, almost zero enviro regs, and government sponsor of technology theft)
    United Arab Emirates Income tax: 0%
    Ireland corporate tax rate: 12.5∞
    Switzerland corporate tax : 17.9∞
    UK corporate tax : 19%
    Russia, Taiwan, Sweden: 20%
    The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates : capital gains tax: 0%

    Boodens Idea is counter productive and threatens to hurt the people he claims to help; kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. He seems to want to make the USA less competitive with one of the highest corporate tax rates on the planet. At the same time of rising the corporate tax he also is gonna hit them with higher energy cost and costly environmental regulations (three things that corporations under the CCP will not face. How can USA companies compete against CCP CHINA corporations that access to slave labor, gross environmental regulations, Intellectual Property theft, and evil business practices. Who is he really helping ?

    Dose it make sense to tax investments so much higher than the rest of the world? Are we not part of a global economy? At some point it makes sense for big money to pack up and leave?

    “Capital Gains increase via Biden American Families Plan:
    Thirteen states and the District of Columbia would have a top combined capital gains tax rate north of 50 percent. California, New York, and New Jersey would have combined rates of more than 54 percent. Top combined rates in some localities would go even higher. For example, New York City levies a local capital gains rate of 3.876 percent, which means an investor would pay an all-in rate of nearly 58.2 percent. Residents of Portland, Oregon would face a top capital gains rate of 57.3 percent.”

    58.2 percent ! let that sink in. Hong Kong Capital gains tax is 0%.

    Biden says his plan will only raise the capital gains tax only on families/individuals making over 400K/year. Which he says will not effect anyone invested in the market making under 400k/year, since by Bidden’s own admissio the top 1% have most of the investment wealth in the market. So the little guys may not be directly effected by the higher tax rate. But the little guy will be effected by lower stock prices and mass exodus of good jobs leaving for greener fields; When the big dogs move their money and investments to financially safer places (and they always will) then the little dogs will be left holding the bag

    Dose anyone remember when Trump lowered corporate tax rate and Apple brought back almost 300 billion to the USA economy.

    yes Biden has a plan for American families but its not what you are being sold.

      1. Kick you and your Rethuglian ugly, dishonest, sociopathic, platformless, autocratic, corrupt and immoral racist ilk out of the country for good I say.

        1. Kick you and Devilocorruptocrat ugly, dishonest, sociopathic, platformless, autocratic, corrupt and immoral racist ilk out of the country for good I say.

          KKK – started by dumocrats
          Election theft started yet Democrats
          Platforms shutting people down? Democrats

          You left wing people are all traitors to humanity and should all FSCK OFF to Venezuela, China and Cuba

    1. The United States has a lot more aging infrastructure to repair and replace than Hong Kong. The territory has a total of 1321 miles of public roads, or 0.00018 per resident. The United States has 4.125 million miles of roads, which is 69 times the distance per resident.

    2. Have you considered writing speeches or shadow tweeting for your political bosses? Whatever you’re going on and on and on about, it has nothing to do with Mac computers.

  2. Warning to leftist commie democrats. You are traitors to America and a civil war is coming to wipe you losers out. Those who survive will be deported to Venezuela. There is institutional racism – by you fsckwits. We need the cleanse the country and the world of left wing fscks who are lunatic traitors trying to make America a commie state. Fsck off permanently.

    1. If you’re going to keep using the C word, you owe it to everyone to demonstrate you know what it means.

      Try to prove you have a clue instead of trying to use it as an inappropriate label to attack TX User.

      All you ever do is show how pathetic you are, resorting to ad hominem and strawman when you lose your arguments to people like TX who use object provable facts.

      I challenge you to post the definition copied from a recognized dictionary, and tell us specifically what in the USA in the past 50 years meets the definition.

      Hint: the Fortune 500 companies own Congress in the USA, not the other way around. There is no one state agency that owns any significant industry of any kind. Corporations aren’t being persecuted as you assert. If they were, they would not be incorporated in the USA for long. Unlike people, corporations have zero problems crossing borders and evading civil responsibilities. That is their primary reason to exist.

  3. Rightwingers, Spotify, Epic Games, Match, and the other self-entitled freeloaders want all of the benefits afforded to them by using infrastructure developed by others for free. How is that “fair?”

    1. Fairness is a concept that, within reason, considers that all partners share equal percentage of contributions and/or profits. The profit margin for Apple is 2-3 times what any small developer makes, while the App store at this point costs Apple a minuscule cost to operate.

      Internal Apple emails, Apple’s cash pile and estimated profit margins from many different analyses all reinforces this conclusion. There is a reason Timmy stopped working hard on the Mac and instead put all emphasis on iOS apps and subscriptions for most of the last decade. Easy money from the labor of app developers! Apple reaps an oversized reward because they are the only gatekeeper to their monopoly garden. In competitive markets, additional gates to the garden would be allowed.

      Why is Apple in the wrong? It doesn’t matter who plotted the original garden, monopoly power refers to equal opportunity. Apple has monopoly power because it has code review of 3rd party developers work, the ability to undermine app discovery through their store layout and search, the ability to copy the functionality of 3rd party innovations into Apple OS or apps, and dominate power to win sales by pricing or promotion controls.

      Some of you here got your panties in a twist due to Apple playing arbitrary inconsistent rule enforcement with social media apps. Why do you refuse to admit that Apple does the same stuff to media distributors like streaming music apps?

      A little consistency in MDN opinionation would be refreshing.

      1. Paul, just a question: if all the apps that generate revenue move off the Apple App Store, who is going to pay to maintain the App Store and the interrelated bits of the Apple ecosystem? I suppose Apple could continue to run the App Store to provide a home for free apps (that have add-ons paid for outside the ecosystem) at a massive loss as a community service. In that same vein, we could solve the infrastructure crisis by expecting paving companies to build freeways for free. Alternative app stores will be able to undercut App Store prices because they don’t have Apple’s massive overhead from vetting tens of thousands of apps, most of them free. There is no viable economic model for anything resembling the current iOS App Store in an open market. Compare and contrast with the Mac App Store, which I suspect is being run at a loss.

      2. not sure what you mean by “stopped working hard on the Mac” – the transition to Apple Silicon is a tremendous undertaking and an amazing accomplishment – they no doubt had their best engineers on the effort. my iPadPro is my daily driver & think it’s awesome they’ve unified on internals – the writing has been on the wall for quite some time the iPadPro is the future. so whether you call it a “mac” or a tablet – convergence continues to happen.

        1. I think Paul is correct on the Mac. He did say “… for most of the last decade.”

          From 2010-2019, Apple underperformed massively on the Mac front. It delivered a Trashcan, rehashed the same iMac design without any substantial improvements year after year, abandoned Mac displays, floundered around with badly designed ultra thin keyboards, accomplished nothing but laptop price increase with its Touchbar, and removed many useful ports from all its laptops. All Apple laptops are still Dongle-ific to this day. For some reason, there is also a dearth of pro-level applications available natively for the Mac, something Apple has done little to turn around.

          Sure, transition to Apple-designed silicon is a big deal, many years in the making. The future should be bright. But they gotta learn to walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. Mac hardware needs regular updates, they need to have apps and compatibility to justify their pricing, and no desktop needs to be an ultrathin near-portless device. It remains to be seen what kind of graphics Macs will have going forward — all the M1 releases to date have been low end consumer models. The real challenge competing against top performing Windows PCs starts now.

          One more thing: Apple continues to avoid making a proper prosumer desktop Mac. For less than $6k please.

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