Last week during Apple's Q1 of 2015 earnings report, iPad sales were about the only weak number Apple reported (vs. analyst estimates). But according to a new report from IDC, Apple's numbers are nothing short of amazing when compared to those of other vendors in the tablet industry.

All told, worldwide tablet shipments fell for the first time year-over-year since the tablet market largely emerged five years ago. An IDC analyst says that the tablet market is "still very top heavy in the sense that it relies mostly on Apple and Samsung to carry the market forward each year."

Nonetheless, Apple's growth was down 17.8% year-over-year, not much better than Samsung's 18.4% decline for the year. But the biggest loser was Amazon, which saw a 69.9% growth decline in 2014.

Of course, just because Apple still leads the tablet market in a time of general market constriction doesn't mean that Apple is free of worries. "Apple's efforts to maintain iPad momentum have fallen flat so far as the latest generation of the iPad Air and mini offer very minimalistic upgrades over their previous versions," IDC reports. "Cannibalization at the bottom from the iPhone and at the top from the Mac appear to be a serious issue for the iPad."

Source: IDC