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iPhone 5 and iPad mini sales help Apple close in on Samsung market lead

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Shipments of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini have helped close the market gap between Apple and Samsung in smart connected devices last quarter.

In the Smart Connective Device Tracker report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) released on Tuesday, the industry tracking firm noticed that sales of the iPad mini and iPhone 5 has boosted Apple’s shipment share to 20.3 per cent.

Samsung still holds the lead, with 21.2 per cent of the smart connected device share, but both companies experienced an increased percentage share for last quarter over their respective 20.8 per cent and 18.2 per cent shares for the whole of 2012.

Taking the top spot from Apple last year, Samsung became the world’s leading smart device manufacturer after shipping more smartphones and portable PCs in 2012 than Apple, with over 250 million units sold in total.

Apple still dominates the revenue share though, acquiring a 30.7 per cent stake in revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012. In comparison, Samsung only managed to pull in 20.4 per cent.

During the last quarter of 2012, worldwide shipments of all smart connected devices, which include desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones, IDC estimates were around 378 million units with revenue figures coming in at more than $168 billion (£110 billion).