IDC: Apple 3Q share of tablets drops to 50 pct

IDC: Apple 3Q share of tablets drops to 50 pct

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BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 06: The photographer holds up the new Apple iPad mini at a display table at a Gravis Apple retailer on November 6, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Apple recently released the Mini to compete with the growing number of small, tablet computers and the company is hoping for a strong Christmas season. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Posted on November 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 4:43 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new report says Apple's share of the market for tablet computers fell to 50 percent in the third quarter as the iPad faced more competition from Android devices such as Samsung's Galaxy tablets and Google's Nexus 7.

   Apple still had a solid lead and shipped more iPads worldwide than a year earlier. Monday's study came from IDC. Apple had no new tablets out in the third quarter. It also might have seen sales slow amid expectations of an iPad Mini.

   Apple could regain share in the holiday quarter with the new iPad devices.

   In the July-September period, Apple shipped 14 million devices, up 26 percent from 11 million a year ago. Its market share fell as the overall tablet market grew by 50 percent to nearly 28 million.
 

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