News by Luke Jones on Thursday July 24, 2014.
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Apple's third quarter financial results arrived earlier this week and were extremely positive for the company as it recorded growth in iPhone and Mac sales and a bump in profit. However, one black mark hanging over the company is the stuttering sales of the iPad, with shipments for the last quarter dropping 9% from the same period in 2013.However, despite the iPad struggling, it is not being duly affected by one particular company, although Samsung's presence poses the biggest threat to Cupertino in the slate market. Although, even Samsung's tablet sales are slipping, so Apple's reign at the top of the pile is still comfortable. In total, iPads accounted for 13.3 million units during the last quarter, down from 14.6 million the previous year but still enough to take 26.9% of the market. As for Samsung, the company shifted 8.5 million units over the three month period and took 17.2% of the market, down 1.6% from the 18.8% the company enjoyed last year. However, Samsung's overall sales did climb by 100,000 units. Interestingly, other companies grew in the market with Lenovo and Asus enjoyed increased market share. Of course, other companies not on the list also bit into Apple and Samsung's share, and if this trend continues the tablet market could get a lot closer over the next year. So while Apple and Samsung are enemies in the smartphone world, in terms of tablets it is against a slew of companies the giants must fight. source: 9to5Google
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