According to the latest numbers from tech research firm IDC, Apple iPads are still the number one choice of consumers worldwide. As a matter of fact, they kept their top standing as actual tablet shipments outpaced predictions and peaked at 52.5 million total units in the fourth quarter of 2012. That's an increase of more than 75% over the fourth quarter of 2011.
According to preliminary data, Apple sold 22.9 million tablets in the fourth quarter thanks to the new iPad mini and fourth-generation version of the larger iPad. That's up more than 48% year-over-year.
While sales grew, though, Apple's market share actually declined due to added competition from Google (GOOG) Android-based devices from Samsung, Amazon (AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (BKS). Apple's market share declined to 43.6% from 46.4% sequentially.Samsung was way back in second place with 7.9 million units shipped for a 15.1% market share. But the company's tablet shipments grew 263% year over year. In third place is Amazon. The online retailer's Kindle hardware accounted for 6 million units shipped and a market share of 11.5%. Amazon sold almost 27% more Kindles than the prior year's quarter. Taiwan's Asus is in fourth place with 3.1 million units shipped (5.8% share) - up nearly 6% over the fourth quarter of 2011. Barnes & Noble posted shipments of 1 million tablets (nearly 2% share), down almost 28% on the prior year's quarter. According to IDC, Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface tablets, which run on new Windows 8 software, "failed to gain much ground during their launch quarter, and reaction to the company's Surface with Windows RT tablet was muted at best." --Written by Gary Krakow in New York. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV