up 97.5% from last year. The Korean based manufacturer increased its leading market share to 21.8% from 14%. Apple trailed Samsung in all of the volume numbers, finishing second with shipments in Q3 of 45.8 million, up 38% from the 33.1 million shipped in 2011's third quarter. But even though the Cupertino based firm had a 15.1% share of the global "connected device" market, it was number one when it came to the top line. Thanks to an average selling price of $744 across its product line, Apple took in $34.1 billion in revenue during the third quarter to lead the category. Samsung's average selling price was $434.
The trend toward smartphones and tablets and away from PCs can be seen in the performance of Hewlett Packard, which was the only company in the top 5 to have negative growth as its market share dropped from 7.4% in the third quarter of 2011 to 4.6% in the same quarter of 2012. HP is the only company in the top 5 with no mobile connected products. By 2016, IDC sees growth in global smartphone and tablet shipments to come in at 95.9% and 131.2% respectively.
source: IDC via AppleInsider