IDC: iPad competitors see strong growth, but Apple leads the way

IDC: iPad competitors see strong growth, but Apple leads the way

Global tablet shipments soared during Q4 last year, bolstered by a stronger-than-expected holiday retail season. That’s according to the latest report from research firm IDC , which found that worldwide shipments reached a record 52.5 million units last quarter — a 74 percent increase over the previous quarter, and 75 percent jump over Q4 2011. The iPad, not surprisingly, led the way last quarter, with 22.9 million units shipped and a 43 percent market share. iPad shipments increased by 48 percent over Q4 2011, though Apple’s market share declined for the second consecutive quarter, due in large part to a surge in competition. Yet the company still enjoys a healthy lead over second-place Samsung, which saw shipments increase by 263…

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IDC: iPad competitors see strong growth, but Apple leads the way

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