, according to research firm IHS iSuppli. Since then, Google came out with a challenger, the Nexus 7, and Amazon.com Inc. updated its Kindle Fire line. Apple is hoping to cement its dominance with a smaller iPad and an update to its full-sized one next month.
Apple's 69.6 percent share in the April-June quarter is up from about 58 percent in the first quarter. It's the highest since the first quarter of last year, when Apple had 70 percent in a market with fewer competitors then.
Third-quarter numbers were not yet available.
Here are the top five manufacturers of tablets in the second quarter, as released by IHS iSuppli:
Apple Inc., maker of the iPad, 17 million shipped worldwide, 69.6 percent share
Samsung Electronics Co., maker of Galaxy line, 2.3 million, 9.2 percent.
Amazon.com Inc., maker of Kindle Fire, 1 million, 4.2 percent
AsusTek Computer Inc., maker of Transformer line, 688,000, 2.8 percent
Barnes & Noble Inc., maker of Nook Tablet, 459,000, 1.9 percent
Other, 3 million, 12.3 percent
Source: IHS iSuppli