Research firm IDC revealed that Apple is closing the gap on Samsung, which primarily uses Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, as it pertains to connected devices. But when it comes to sales, Apple is in the lead. For the fourth quarter, Apple had 30.7% of the revenue generated from the connected device market, versus 20.4% for Samsung. That bump was aided by the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini, which were released in late 2012. Samsung still holds the top spot when it comes to unit share, at 21.2%, though Apple did close that gap significantly.
Apple may be poised to surpass Samsung in unit growth, thanks in large part to the success of its iPad and iPad mini tablets. IDC noted that it expects tablets to surpass desktop PCs in 2013, and laptop sales in 2014. The tablet market is expected to experience 48.7% year-over-year growth. The smartphone market is still growing strong, with an expected 27.2% growth year over year, but that's down from recent years, and part of the reason why Apple's share price has lagged in recent months. Investors are concerned that the iPhone, where Apple derives over half of its revenue from, is becoming a mature product.
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