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Apple was likely boosted by its spread of releases in late 2012, including the iPhone 5 in September and the iPad mini in November

Samsung is still the leader when it comes to mobile device shipments, but Apple is right on its coattails. 

According to a new analysis from the International Data Corporation (IDC), Samsung continued to lead the way in device shipments with 21.2 percent unit shipment share in the fourth quarter of 2012. However, Apple is sneaking up on Samsung with 20.3 percent in the same time period. 

On the revenue front, Apple is still far ahead with 30.7 percent share in Q4 2012 compared to Samsung's 20.4 percent. 

Apple was likely boosted by its spread of releases in late 2012, including the iPhone 5 in September and the iPad mini in November. 

IDC's report said that global shipments of smart connected devices increased 29.1 percent from 2011 to 2012, bringing the total number of shipments over 1 billion. This is a value of about $576.9 billion.

IDC said this growth was mainly due to the explosion of tablet popularity, where tablet shipments increased 78.4 percent in 2012 compared to 2011 (over 128 million tablets were shipped worldwide in 2012). 

For this year, tablet shipments willl likely surpass desktop PC shipments (which will decrease 4.3 percent). In 2014, tablets will surpass portable PC shipments. 

While both tablet and smartphone shipments are expected to increase this year 48.7 percent and 27.2 percent respectively, Apple and Samsung are on the verge of releasing new competitive tech -- smart watches. Apple is expected to release a device as soon as this year, which would take the mobile device sector into the realm of wearable tech.

Source: Business Wire





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