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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 Tony Swash on 11/21/2011 7:17:08 PM , Rating: 0
Word process -- check
Spreadsheet -- check
Presentation software -- check
Office compatible -- check
Exchange server compatible -- check
Edit photos -- check
Edit music -- check
Edit video -- check
View media -- check
Web browse -- check
Email -- check
Video conference -- check
Secure -- check
Rapid take up in education and enterprise -- check
A vast number of compatible accessories and addons -- check
World's largest digital contents library -- check
500,000 apps -- check

You need to get your head out of the past and into the present lest you become anachronistic. This is 2011 not 1995. Times have changed dude and so has the technology.

RE: Hmmm...
By Master Kenobi on 11/21/2011 8:17:38 PM , Rating: 3
Well given your rather small requirement list, why not call an iPhone a PC as well? I mean if you get right down to it the iPad is nothing but the iPhone enlarged a few times over.

PC is going to be more about a specific form factor in the long run and lets face it a Tablet is a specific form factor, a cell phone is a form factor, a PC has several form factors itself. Server, Workstation/Desktop, and Laptop. I don't consider Netbooks a true form factor but rather a smaller cheaper Laptop, they utilize the same format.

I will have to disagree with your assessment that the technology has changed the definition of what is accepted as a PC. What they have tried to do here is combine several market segments into one and call it good.

Calling an iPad a PC is like calling a golf cart a sedan.

RE: Hmmm...
By sigmatau on 11/21/2011 9:17:16 PM , Rating: 2
I was going to say the same thing.

My Android phone can do more than the Ipad can so it must be a PC too?

RE: Hmmm...
By MrBlastman on 11/21/2011 10:59:50 PM , Rating: 2
Can you run a high end flight simulator on an iPad where:

You export instruments and devices in-sim to multiple PC's to distribute the load and then display/control those devices on those respective machines in a full-blown homebuilt cockpit--i.e. MFD's, HUD, Gauges?

You plug in multiple--I mean a LOT of external I/O devices into the iPad such as a homebuilt cockpit with multiple panels each containing many switches/buttons/levers/throttles/sticks/pedals/spe akers/microphones/head tracking devices etc.?

Load these homebrewed/modified/modded simulators onto the iPad without an app store--completely outside the control of a parent body?

Develop applications on it using the standard input devices designed for it? (i.e. in the iPad's case, just the glass based keyboard)


You can't do any of the above. The iPad completely fails at being a PC. It isn't one.

RE: Hmmm...
By Urbanmech on 11/21/2011 11:36:00 PM , Rating: 2
See, you are the minority here.

My mom for example, has no interest in any of that, email and internet is what she wants, and tablets do everything that she needs.

Yes, a dedicated PC is wonderful for those who really want to take advantage of the possibilities, but we are a small number compared to those who just want a basic internet machine. They use a computer all day at work, and have very little interest in spending their home time on one.

RE: Hmmm...
By bupkus on 11/22/2011 3:37:18 AM , Rating: 2
Tablets: PC's for people who never really needed PC's in the first place...
See previous post.

RE: Hmmm...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/22/2011 11:54:06 AM , Rating: 1
See, you are the minority here.

No YOU are. The majority of people are NOT exclusively using iPad's for everything and calling it a PC.

My mom for example, has no interest in any of that, email and internet is what she wants, and tablets do everything that she needs.

A $200 eMachines from Wal-Mart can do email and internet and MORE than an iPad while still costing less. So I'm not sure what you're on about here. Love the "mom" example though lmao. Like that's relevant.

They use a computer all day at work, and have very little interest in spending their home time on one.

So the iPad isn't a PC! Ah ha, you just said it right here in this quote. When they come home from a long day of using a "computer", they want to use something that isn't one.

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