IPads To Get Face ID Upgrade As Amazon, Samsung, Google & Microsoft Move To Take Apple On
As Apple gets set to deliver their Face ID on a new range of iPads researchers have said that the tablet market is set to rebound in 2018 as consumers move to upgrade to new models.
At the same time brands such as Amazon, Huawei, Microsoft and Google all plan to launch new models in the coming year, while sales of Apple’s iPad products will remain brisk, according to industry sources.
The sources said that despite the global tablet market having remained sluggish for years due partly to the absence of killer models, a market consolidation has appeared in 2017 following a spate of knock-out competitions, with the annual decline in global tablet shipments expected to narrow to only 5%.
In 2018, the tablet market will see growth momentum effectively driven by double-digit increases in shipments from such brand vendors as Amazon and Huawei, Microsoft’s launch of its new Surface models in the first half of the year, and Google’s likely return to the tablet market with new education devices. As a result, an ensuing fierce war among brand vendors is expected to put global tablet shipments back to a growth track in the coming year, the sources said.
By offering tablets at super-low prices to consumers to enhance its e-commerce service ecosystem, Amazon expects shipments of its Kindle Fire tablets to reach a record high of 12-13 million units in 2017, and a shipment growth of 10% in 2018.
Aided by its agile and aggressive marketing strategies and launch of a full series of models, Huawei expects its tablet shipments to soar to over 10 million units in 2017, likely to exceed the shipment volume of Lenovo for the first time ever. The company has projected a sharp tablet shipment growth at 50% for 2018, according to the industry sources.
The sources said Apple has also performed well in the tablet market by launching 9.7-inch budget-priced iPad models in the second quarter of 2017, effectively maintaining its leading position in the global tablet market. The company plans to intensify its pricing strategy for the new iPads in 2018 to trigger a replacement spree by customers holding old models, so as to maintain its tablet shipments at high levels.