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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.


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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99 months ago
How can it be a PC if it's a Post-PC device? :confused:
Rating: 16 Votes
99 months ago
Why not include iPods and REALLY pad the numbers..
Rating: 16 Votes
99 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.
Rating: 12 Votes
99 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".
Rating: 8 Votes
99 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.
Rating: 6 Votes
99 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.
Rating: 4 Votes
99 months ago
Well, it's good that the iPad is included considering that Windows 8 is really trying to push the tablet platform into the PC market.

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You clearly are missing my point. The point is that they specifically had to point out that the iPad was included. If the iPad naturally fit into this category, it wouldn't even have to be mentioned.


They added that so people wouldn't keep asking "Is this with or without the iPad." :rolleyes:
Rating: 4 Votes
99 months ago

How can it be a PC if it's a Post-PC device? :confused:


Why not just have a tablet category? It would be even better for Apple, probably 90%+ of the market.


Because this report is a market analysis and not a semantics argument. iPads and similar devices compete within the PC market for customers. Research has shown that they have had an explicit impact on netbook sales. It's not a question of whether it meets your preferred definition of the term "PC".
Rating: 4 Votes
99 months ago

It is running a Mickey Mouse OS

I'm not a developer or a programmer, so maybe I don't really understand this, but when the iPhone first came out, weren't we told that the phone runs OS X (just optimized and reworked to be used on a touchscreen device with a much smaller screen)? Isn't iOS still based on OS X?
Rating: 3 Votes
99 months ago

How can it be a PC if it's a Post-PC device? :confused:


because PC means personal computer and NOT a computer running Windows.

But this statistics is complete crap because of the way they count mobile PCs. I will bet you my left arm that the company collected data on display shipments in a certain range of sizes for each of the companies, because they work under the assumption that each display results in a shipment of device. What they are counting is not actually sales to consumer or shipments for that matter. They are counting devices manufactured in the 1st half the year at best and even in that case they are working with some pretty wild assumptions. Without a doubt Apple has sold more devices than the rest but the numbers are nothing like that.
Rating: 3 Votes

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