13:12 08 November 2012
According to IDC report, Apple’s tablet market share has dropped to 50.4per cent in the third quarter due to numerous factors; which reportedly include growing competition and not releasing new tablets for the said time frame.
However, Apple is supposedly expecting a very good fourth quarter due to the release of iPad mini. The timing of the release is expected to benefit from the holiday season and people upgrading their gadgets.
Meanwhile, based on the report, Samsung saw its share almost double from 9.4per cent in the second quarter to 18.4per cent in the third quarter. Amazon holds the third place with 9per cent.
iPad mini’s starting price is $329 and IDC said that the price leaves plenty of room for cheaper tablet vendors.
However, Apple has already confirmed that they’ve shipped three million units of fourth generation iPad and iPad mini’s in the opening weekend of sales. They also claim that it “practically sold out” iPad minis, as reported by The Telegraph.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement: “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We're working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”
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