Sunday, 10 February 2013

Count the iPad, and Apple Rules PCs

Apple lands the top spot among PC makers for the holiday quarter -- as long as the iPad is included in the figures, according to the latest report from Canalys.
The market research firm, which includes tablets in its worldwide PC numbers, reported this week that overall PC shipments increased 12 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, with 134 million units shipped during the holiday season.
Tablets accounted for more than one third of those units with 46.2 million units shipped, a 75 percent jump from the same quarter a year ago. In total, 114.6 million tablets shipped in the year.
Apple was last quarter's PC leader, snagging a 20 percent share of the PC market. It shipped 27 million units in the last quarter of 2012, 22.9 million of which were iPads. The Cupertino company sold 4.1 million Macs. Apple has said both Macs and iPad Mini sales could have been higher if not for supply constraints.
HP took the second spot, shipping 15 million PCs, followed by Lenovo's 14.8 million computers shipped. Samsung was also able to appear in the top five for the first time, thanks to its tablet sales. The company grabbed a 9 percent market share on the quarter, shipping 11.7 million units. Those figures gave it a fourth place finish ahead of Dell, which shipped 9.7 million units, a 19 percent dip from the same time a year ago.

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