Apple Tops Worldwide Mobile PC Shipments in Q2 2011 with iPad Included

Research firm DisplaySearch today released the results of its estimates of mobile PC sales for the second quarter of 2011. The study includes both traditional notebooks and tablets, and Apple was able to ride the strength of the iPad to the top of the list with 21.1% of the market on 13.6 million units shipped. Apple comfortably topped second-place HP, which came in at 15% share with 9.7 million units shipped.

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The report notes that Samsung and Dell led the way in year-over-year shipment growth among notebook PCs, but that performance was overshadowed by Apple's iPad growth, which saw unit shipments more than double year-over-year.

On the tablet front, quarterly shipments of non-Apple tablets have quickly risen to 5.6 million units, although many manufacturers appear to be having difficulty translating those shipments into actual sales to customers. Overall, tablet shipments were up 70% quarter-over-quarter and 400% year-over-year.

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OllyW Avatar
168 months ago
How can it be a PC if it's a Post-PC device? :confused:
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nightfly13 Avatar
168 months ago
Why not include iPods and REALLY pad the numbers..
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
0098386 Avatar
168 months ago
How can it be a PC if it's a Post-PC device? :confused:

It can be included as "a PC" when it benefits Apple's figures.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TimUSCA Avatar
168 months ago
Every report I see like this says "if the iPad is included". If you have to tack that onto every report, maybe that's a sign that it isn't and shouldn't be included.

I realize it's a grey area in the industry, but it runs the same OS and iPhone and iPod Touch. So if you're going to include the iPad, you need to include those too. The defining factor for mobile PC should be a full OS with a navigable file system. Tablets don't (and shouldn't) have these qualities. So while the iPad is a mobile device, I don't think it should be included as a "mobile PC".
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
allpar Avatar
168 months ago
Mac shipments without iPad

The report said 80% of Macs shipped were iPads. If you exclude those, you get around 2.7 million Macs. However, you then have to exclude tablets and maybe other form factors from competitors, too.

Their category is mobile personal computers, not laptops or notebooks. I think that's their rationale.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BaldiMac Avatar
168 months ago
1)iPads REQUIRE a personal computer to even turn on the very first time. Period. End of story. So how can it be considered a personal computer?!

Luckily, this specious argument goes away with iOS 5.

2)iPads are in a new market called the Tablet Market...a bit unfair to include iPads in all sorts of other "market" reports

:D Good one. A product can be compared in many different markets. For example, no one complains when laptops are compared in the PC market and separately in the mobile PC market.

3)iPads are really just large Touches and/or iPhones...whether you believe it or not...everything is identical except size and possibly 1 or 2 hardware changes since it is much larger or the inability to dial. So why not include the Touches and/or Phones in said PC Shipments?

Because the iPod touch and the iPhone don't compete with PCs. A significant number of people have been shown to choose an iPad over a netbook or other laptop. The same cannot be said for the iPod touch.

Again, this report is a market analysis, not a semantics argument.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)