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Apple's iPads, iPad minis make up six of Japan's top 10 tablets

updated 06:54 pm EST, Wed December 11, 2013

Apple tablets dominating in Japan

Apple's good fortune in Japan continue apace, with the company's iPad offerings making up six out of the top 10 bestselling tablets in that country. This according to BCN, which measures electronics sales in Japan and found that Apple tablets were overall the most popular. Topping BCN's list was the iPad Air, followed by the iPad mini.

One iPad version or another occupied first, second, fifth, eight, ninth, and tenth place on BCN's charts for the month of November. The only non-Apple tablets on the list were Google's 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7 devices, configurations of which held the remaining slots.

The new BCN numbers hew closely to the picture painted by the firm's previous examinations of the Japanese smartphone market. In November, the firm found that assorted configurations of the iPhone took up each of the top 10 slots in that country. Most recently, the iPhone accounted for nine of the top 10 spots.

Japan has proved a very lucrative market for Apple, as the country readily snaps up the latest iOS devices upon their release. Apple pulls in 50 percent profit margins inside Japan, adding to the region's profitability for the Cupertino computing giant. The iPhone holds about 37 percent market share in that nation, according to the most recent figures, though some analysts see Apple approaching 50 percent share by the middle of next year. The iPad, meanwhile, is estimated to have about 50 percent share of Japan's tablet market.

by MacNN Staff




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