Apple and Amazon are currently leading the large when it comes to the tablet world. You can normally estimate how many tablets are going to be released by looking at the factories that make them. Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron are two of the most dominant players in Taiwan and they normally pick up the bulk of the orders from Amazon and Apple. They normally get the heads-up almost a year in advance on what type of production run they will have. Today, we have some concrete data on how many tablets will ship in 2014.
According to Digitimes Research Foxconn Electronics shipped 50 million tablets to become the largest Taiwan-based ODM in 2013 and is expected to ship 55-60 million units to maintain the leading status in 2014. They are the main factory in charge of making Apple products and now have Amazon as a client.
Pegatron also makes the iPad and iPad Mini is expected to ship 25 million in 2014, which was basically the same as their 2013 figures. Compal Electronics shipped seven million tablets in 2013. With potential OEM orders for iPad mini with Retina display and additional ODM orders from Amazon, Compal is likely to ship 14 million tablets in 2014, the sources estimated.
Finally Quanta Computer only shipped around 16 million tablets in 2013, of which a large portion were Nexus models for Google. It is expected that Quanta will be making the new 12.9 Apple iPad, but their production runs will be small.