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Canalys is including iPad sales in its estimates

A new study predicts that Apple will become the leading global PC provider by the second half of 2012.

Canalys, an independent analyst house that offers smart market insights to IT, expects Apple to surpass Hewlett-Packard to become the top global PC vendor before the second half of 2012 with help from the iPad 3.

"Apple has seen its PC market share expand from 9 percent to 15 percent in just four quarters, though iPad shipments in its core market -- the United States -- are likely to come under pressure in Q4 due to the launch of the Fire and Nook at extremely competitive price points," said Tim Coulling, Canalys analyst. "HP and Apple will fight for top position in Q4, but Apple may have to wait for the release of iPad 3 before it passes HP."

Apple iPad 2

According to Canalys' predictions, Apple has already made its way into the No. 2 spot in the worldwide PC market in Q3 2011 largely due to the success of the iPad. Canalys expects full-year 2011 global PC shipments to hit 415 million mainly due to heightened iPad sales.

In addition, iPad shipments are expected to hit 59 million units by the end of 2011 with Q4 accounting for 22 million alone.

Canalys predicts that North America PC shipments will reach 103 million for 2011 entirely, with 32 million units accounting for Q4 alone. The popularity of pads has increased 2011 volumes, growing 18 percent year-on-year. The EMEA PC market, however, will contract 6 percent at an annual rate (excluding pads).

Apple MacBook Air

The study also noted that netbooks have helped with 2011 PC growth, with shipments expected to reach 211 million with a 10 percent year-on-year increase. Ultrabooks, on the other hand, need a significant price drop in order to increase adoption.

Canalys says Apple's domination is due to competitor's inability to "produce comparable devices at attractive prices."

Source: Canalys

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RE: Hmmm...
By anactoraaron on 11/21/2011 4:50:03 PM , Rating: 2
Not really. When I go into Best Buy/Walmart/Fry's etc. and ask them to show me their selection of "personal computers" they will most definitely NOT take me to their 'tablets' section.

Tablets are nothing more than media consumption/limited gaming devices. I think more of "personal computer" as something that will be more productive. Show me a tablet that will run Full Photoshop 5.5 and I will change my opinion.

RE: Hmmm...
By luseferous on 11/21/2011 7:17:41 PM , Rating: 2
Thats why I called it a very limited and not very good computer.

I don't care if its made of bits of string and chewing gum and powered by a hamster wheel. If it computes its a computer.

If it was designed for personal use/ownership then its a Personal Computer.

Same goes for many other devices that are not regarded as computers. PC does not equal a Intel/AMD/Micorsoft based device. They are just the most prominent examples of Pc's and so people assume that is the definition.

RE: Hmmm...
By TheRealArdrid on 11/21/2011 8:07:19 PM , Rating: 2
Then, by that definition, almost every CE company (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, etc.) should be on that list.

RE: Hmmm...
By luseferous on 11/21/2011 8:21:23 PM , Rating: 2
yep :)

RE: Hmmm...
By luseferous on 11/21/2011 8:25:19 PM , Rating: 2
you could make a distinction between general purpose PC's and more single function PC's but even that line is pretty blurry.

RE: Hmmm...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/21/2011 10:32:53 PM , Rating: 1
Thats why I called it a very limited and not very good computer.

Then shit so is my old ass PDA. It's a personal computer too, just not a very good one!

Sorry but you guys are full of it. A pad is not a PC, end of discussion.

If it was designed for personal use/ownership then its a Personal Computer.

That's the most open ended generic "definition" of the term ever. Ever. I guess my freaking digital camera is a PC too!

I think it's clear that "PC" needs to be broken into standard desktop and "mobile" computing brackets. I'm fine with scoring iPads as mobile computing. But to call it a PC, and claiming they had a 241% jump in "pc" sales in one year, is marketing/statistical bullcrap. This is simply Apple, who's entire history of pc marketshare has been abysmal, moving the goalposts.

RE: Hmmm...
By luseferous on 11/22/2011 9:53:16 AM , Rating: 2
That's the most open ended generic "definition" of the term ever. Ever. I guess my freaking digital camera is a PC too!

Exactly! The term Pc is a very generic and open definition. Its not my definition its the accepted one.

If you want to say the Ipad is not a desktop form factor Pc with a monitor and keyboard then no argument from me. But saying its not a computer is just silly.

Love them or hate them they fit every definition of PC that I can think of.

RE: Hmmm...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/22/2011 11:45:40 AM , Rating: 1
The term Pc is a very generic and open definition.

Except it's not. The term itself might be "generic", but the items it's in reference to have always been of a specific type and form factor.

The term water heater is pretty generic too. But when you think of "water heater" do you think of the standard cylinder shaped tank heaters we use today, or do you think of an iron pot over a fire? I mean hey, the iron pot is technically a "water heater" too! But umm, yeah, you get the point.

RE: Hmmm...
By Helbore on 11/22/2011 8:04:45 AM , Rating: 2
I have an old calculator that fits that description. Heck, I used to have a digital watch that fits that description!

It probably describes my car, too.

RE: Hmmm...
By luseferous on 11/22/2011 9:29:46 AM , Rating: 1
Okay then please define why an Ipad is not a computer ?

Is it because it can't run the latest photoshop ?
A 386/486/pentium1 would not be able to do that are they computers ?
Is it because it lacks a hard disk ?

What about a tablet running windows 7 or 8 or a diskless workstation are they not computers?

Is it because its got a closed Operating system ?
So would it be a computer if you could put Windows or Linux on it ?

And to those making silly comments about calculators etc...
YES they are. They have A CPU, RAM, An O/S of sorts so of course they are computers.

So please define a computer and then tell me why the Ipad is not one or an Xbox or a Nintendo DS etc.

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