iPad Accounts for 18% Growth in PC Market

Canalys, an industry analysis firm reported that the PC market grew 18% in the third quarter 2011, largely due the massive iPad shipments.

According to Canalys, iPad shipments were risen 166% despite the fact that its market share dropped down from 91% in Q3 of 2010 to 67% in Q3 of 2011. The major reason behind this drop is assumed to be the increased competition in the market from Samsung, Asus, as well as Acer. It is presumed that the results will further disintegrate in the next quarter.

However, one should note this thing that these figures referring to shipments and not sales, which means that rival vendors including Samsung, Asus and Acer might have supplied good number of tablet devices to give a hint as if they were drawing Apple’s market share, however, we are not yet sure about the actual sales. Same goes for the smartphone sales figures.

According to Apple, it sold 11 million iPads in third quarter and held 15% of the PC market trailing HP with 16|% market share.

The analyst at Canalys, Tim Coulling believes that Apple and Samsung are two major forces in the tablet market at the moment “with Samsung benefitting the most from the extra publicity on the global stage. In reality though, competition is intensifying as more vendors enter the market and seek to capitalize on growth opportunities.”

Interesting that Canalys mentions total tablet shipments as ‘pads’, which according to analysis firm were 3x higher than the third quarter in 2010. The growth is not only seen in tablet market, the laptop market also rose by 9%, while desktop market rose up by 8%.

The market badly affected by the tablet shipments is the netbooks, which saw a fall in market share by 28%.

Unsurprisingly, China appears to be a strong potential market for tech products, i.e. its PC market share shoots up to 27%, while it accounts for 18% of the global shipments.

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