From Charlie Osborne on ZDNet comes a report on worldwide tablet shipments.
Among the top tablet manufacturers, Apple once again predictably gained the top slot. iPad shipments grew 48 percent year-on-year to 22.9 million units, which IDC says was in-line with the research firm’s forecast due to the launch of the iPad mini and the availability of the iPad 4. However, rival firm Samsung remains a strong contender, as Q4 growth skyrocketed 263 percent to reach 7.9 million units — not in the same league as Apple, but the Korean firm is catching up.
The error is obvious. Apple does not report shipments. Samsung has long been known as a channel stuffer. IDC’s estimates are shipments, not actual sales. Only Apple reports sales.