Apple may have held onto its lead in the tablet space during the first quarter of 2013, but Google is breathing down its neck. A new report from Strategy Analytics shows that Android tablets are gaining ground on the iPad, and Microsoft has finally put a dent in the tablet market, too.
Global shipments of tablets during the first quarter of the year reached a record of 40.6 million units. That's up an incredible 117% from the first quarter of 2012, which saw shipments of just 18.7 million units.
iPads still have the largest gross margins which the cheapie and unreliable Android tablets can hardly claim! The question is how long can Apple sustain the pricing model for tablets before the margins erode?