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2011 Mobile PC sales: Thanks to the iPad, Apple takes the top spot

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2011 Mobile PC sales: Thanks to the iPad, Apple takes the top spot
When combining tablets into the mobile PC category, Apple managed to not only be the lead PC vendor for the fourth quarter of 2011, but the entire year. The Cupertino giant shipped more than 62.8 million MacBooks and iPads last year. Out of those units, the iPad accounted for a staggering 80%, or about 48.4 million.

Behind Apple were HP, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo at 8.7, 6.9, 6.8, and 6.3 million units shipped, respectively. When looking at just the tablet side of things, Apple is the undisputed leader. In Q4 Apple managed to control 59.1% of the market, followed by Amazon with 16.7%, thanks to the Kindle’s strong showing.

With a variety of quad-core Android tablets launching in 2012 and the anticipated release of Windows 8, it will certainly be interesting to see if Apple can continue to maintain its stronghold on the mobile PC landscape with the iPad.

source: Electronista via RedmondPie

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posted on 23 Feb 2012, 14:55 4

1. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)

Why stop at tablets? Smartphones are like little computers.

Boom! Samsung wins! Congratulations Samsung!!

I'm starting my own research firm to go live first with this amazing news!

**Note that in addition to the term "personal computer" I have also taken some liberties with the terms "research" and "firm". Nonetheless, I am willing to provide consulting for a price.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 15:00 4

2. greathero1 (Posts: 576; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)

Apple beat Samsung last quarter in smartphones so Apple would retain the win at least until April or so.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 15:51 2

6. Hallucinator (Posts: 387; Member since: 24 May 2010)

Well, since you were wrong I predict you are already out of business. Just because you put Boom! in your sentence it does not make it factual. Sorry for the bad news.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 15:01 4

3. theBankRobber (Posts: 682; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

How can a oversized device can be considered a PC, this goes for all tablets. Oversized Ipods and galaxy's are not replacement's for laptops or PC.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 15:10 1

4. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I agree. There are still too many things that you can do on a computer that can't be done on my tablet, like my online homework for classes.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 15:22

5. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

well depending on the homework, if it mainly comprised of a word processor and web browser, you can do that on a tablet or even smartphone. And I dunno about Ipads, but I know on my Playbook, thansk to the 2.0 update, I can do wireless printing.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:10

7. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)

To be honest this doesnt mean that tablets replace computers, because the majority of people already have computers and therefore purchase tablets now.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:43 1

8. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

It all comes down to wether you consider an iPad a PC or not.

I personally don't. But if NPD DisplaySearch considers, there isn't much to argue.

Even though Steve Jobs himself said iPads weren't PCs...

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:58

9. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

until you can start to develop games etc on tablets and do professional video and photo editing i dont consider them a pc otherwise you might as well put smartphones into the mix cause a samrtphone do just as much as a tablet.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:40 2

10. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

That idiotic face on the picture is priceless,though. lol.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:42

11. Schmao (Posts: 365; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)

You give me a tablet that can run Starcraft 2 well, and then I will believe it is in the computer category.

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