Is Apple Falling Behind in the Tablet Market?

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New data from research firm IDC indicates that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has started to lose its stranglehold on the tablet market, at least based on third-quarter global data. It will give investors another reason to question the primacy of Apple and consequently to sell down its stock. The information may not be as bad as its appears though. Buyers could just be waiting for the new iPad mini. Demand for Apple products continues to be so great that the company is its own worst enemy as new products shift sales from one quarter into the next.

IDC reported:

Worldwide tablet shipments totaled 27.8 million units in the third quarter of 2012 (3Q12), according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. The tablet market grew 49.5% year over year in 3Q12 and 6.7% over the second quarter of 2012. Android shipments, led by Samsung and Amazon, surged…

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