Apple and Samsung are fighting it out on various fronts, not just smartphones and tablets, but also desktop PCs and laptops.
The analyst type chaps at IDC have compiled a bunch of figures for Q4 2012, and show Apple and Samsung pretty much neck-and-neck when looking at combined shipments for all devices.
Specifically, Apple accounted for 20.3% unit shipment share, narrowly pipped by Samsung with 21.2% share.
That 20.3% figure marks a significant leap for Apple, which sat at 15.7% in the previous quarter. IDC credits the iPhone 5 and iPad mini (no offense, fourth gen iPad) for the increase.
As for revenue, Apple was top with 30.7% share, while Samsung weighed in with 20.4%, the former’s devices – of course – typically carrying a meaty price tag.
We can’t see there being much of a change in Q1, however Q2 sees the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4, while Apple isn’t expected to launch anything till June. Maybe. Certainly June will be the earliest for the iPhone 5S launch, though the iPad is more of a grey area.
Interestingly, IDC reckons tablet shipments will grow 48.7% year-on-year, and ultimately surpass desktop PCs in 2013 and portable PCs in 2014. See what you’ve done, Jobs? See what you’ve done?
via: Business Wire