As it stands, Apple’s iPads have the majority market share when it comes to tablets. This is thanks to Apple who safe to say made tablets popular once again a few years ago. However is it possible that Apple maintain this streak forever? Well according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, apparently not. According to Kuo in a note to investors, he revealed that come Q1 2015, Apple is expected to take a massive hit in terms of iPad sales. Kuo is forecasting that Apple will end up selling 9.8 million tablets in Q1 2015 which might sound a lot, but in reality it is a 40% drop on a year-on-year basis.
Apple’s iPad sales are going to get crushed in the March quarter of 2015, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. In a new report, Kuo forecasts Apple sells 9.8 million iPads in the first calendar quarter of the year. That would be a 40% drop on a year-over-year basis. In his note, picked up at 9to5Mac and Apple Insider, Kuo blames the dramatic decline in iPad sales in 2015 on “a lack of new applications, tablet market saturation, and slow season.” For the current holiday quarter, Kuo is forecasting Apple sells 21.5 million iPads, which would be an 18% decline on a year-over-year basis. Kuo is the best Apple analyst in the world. He nails Apple product releases. He’s plugged into Apple’s supply chain, which likely influences his forecast for the iPad in the next two quarters. If this is an accurate prognostication, it is a stunning demolition of what was once believed to be the next major business line for Apple. It’s not going to hurt Apple too badly in the near term because Apple is the iPhone company and iPhones are selling like crazy. But in the big picture, it’s not good for Apple because it wants to be a diverse company with many growing business lines.