Samsung remained the world leader in "smart connected" devices during 2012, but Apple gained some ground, according to new IDC data. In all the market grew 29.1 percent year-over-year to reach over 1 billion units, and a value of $576.9 billion. Samsung grabbed 21.2 percent of unit shipments, but Apple came in second with 20.3 percent.
In fourth quarter results Apple retained the top spot in terms of revenue, controlling 30.7 percent versus Samsung's 20.4 percent. The market as a whole shipped 378 million devices during the period, and was valued at $168 billion.
Apple's overall 2012 performance is credited
to the release of the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini. Even though the devices were released late in the year, both sold extremely well. IDC in fact suggests that the tablet market -- which the iPad currently controls -- will surpass the desktop and notebook PC markets during the next two years. By the 2017 the smart connected device market is forecast to hit 2.2 billion units, and $814.3 billion in revenue.