Apple’s iPad Gains Even Bigger Share of Tablet Market

Apple’s stranglehold on the tablet market looks to be growing even stronger.

Even though Apple fell dramatically short of earnings expectations yesterday, iPad sales during the 3rd quarter of 2012 were outstanding.

Between April and June of 2012, Apple sold 17 million iPads. By the end of the third quarter, a whopping total 84 million iPads have been sold since the device was introduced just over two years ago.

As Tech Crunch reported Wednesday, Strategy Analytics says Apple’s iPad sales surge translates to yet another increase in the company’s share of the global tablet market.

Apple now controls 68.3% of the market, compared to 62% in Q2 a year ago, in an overall tablet market that saw shipments of 24.9 million units.

According to industry suspicions, the reason for the gain is due to fears of competitor growth never manifested in tablet rivals actually producing enough quality products to win buyer loyalty away from the iPad.