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'Record-Setting' iPad Shipments Boost Tablet Market

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PCMag: A new report from IDC says that manufacturers shipped 25 million tablets in the second quarter of 2012. That's 34 percent more than during the first quarter and 66 percent more than the second quarter of 2011. A full 17 million of those tablet shipped were Apple iPads. "Apple built upon its strong March iPad launch and ended the quarter with its best-ever shipment total for the iPad, outrunning even the impressive shipment record it set in the fourth quarter of last year," said IDC's Tom Mainelli. "The vast majority of consumers continue to favor the iPad over competitors, and Apple is seeing increasingly strong interest in the device from vertical markets — especially education."

According to the report, number two tablet maker Samsung also saw "exceptional growth," and Amazon and Asus increased their tablet shipments.

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