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News Summary: IDC says Apple tablet share drops

The Associated Press

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 file photo, Shoppers check out the new Apple iPad mini at the Apple store on Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Apple said Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, it sold 3 million iPads of all kinds in the first three days it sold the new Mini model. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, FIle)

HEADING DOWN: Apple's share of the market for tablet computers fell to 50 percent in the third quarter as the iPad faced more competition.

STILL UP: In the July-September period, Apple shipped 14 million devices, up 26 percent from a year ago. But its share fell because the overall tablet market grew by 50 percent.

FACTORS: Apple had no new tablets out in the third quarter. It also might have seen sales slow amid expectations of a smaller iPad. Apple could regain share in the holiday quarter with last Friday's release of new iPad devices.