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Apple Becomes the World No. 1 PC Vendor

Canalys reports that the Cupertino-based tech giant has succeeded in reserving 17% of the total PC market because of its record sales of Macs and iPads in the fourth quarter of 2011. During the quarter, Apple sold almost 5 million Macs and 15 million iPads all over the world. These numbers has brought Apple to top position as personal computer vendor.

The major reason behind the success of Apple is the fact that no other vendor shipped tablets in such a huge volume during that quarter. Tim Coulling of Canalys said, “Currently, HP is pursuing a Windows strategy for its pad portfolio, producing enterprise-focused products, such as the recently launched Slate 2, until the launch of Windows 8.”

During the last quarter, some 120 million PCs shipped all over the world, showing 16% growth over the last year when tablets were included in the race as well. If we omit the tablet sales, particularly the iPad, along with few other tablets that had any impact on the market, the market showed a decline of 0.4%. This clearly shows the importance of iPad sales in pushing Apple’s growth. Tablets have also been a major factor in the growth of overall PC market.

Another aspect of this can be seen as the tablets are necessarily replacing a good share of the market for PCs. The difference between the PC market growth overall and the growth of the tablet market will continue to grow as more and more customers begin to think that tablets are more than enough to perform their task than to have a personal computer.

Coulling also indicates that the responsibility now lies on Microsoft to offer a less resource incentive and intuitive experience for tablet users. The other top vendors in the list including Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo failed to do well in the last quarter. Among the four, Dell, HP and Acer saw a decline in share, while Lenovo managed to show slight growth. Compared to other manufacturers, Lenovo is happy to see some growth because of its Android tablets, though its tablets are not as sought-after as iPad is.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, tablets made up for 22% of the overall PC shipments. Kindle Fire and Nook had a decent share in the PC market growth as well.

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