Analyst says Apple could become top PC vendor in 2012

Research firm Canalys announced Monday it expects Apple to surpass HP as the leading global PC vendor in the first half of 2012. This estimation, however, includes iPads, as Canalys considers tablets a personal computer.

Apple is already the world's second-leading PC vendor behind HP, and its market share grew from to 15 percent from 9 percent last year when including the iPad. Without the iPad, Apple's global PC market share recently passed five percent. This follows 22 consecutive quarters of Apple Mac computers outpacing the rest of the industry for growth, exemplified by 43.8 percent growth year-over-year during the most recent quarter.

Canalys's estimates pin global PC shipments at 415 million units worldwide by the end of 2011, which is an increase of 15 percent over 2010. Tablet computer shipments are estimated to reach 59 million by the end of 2011 according to Canalys. Not to be outdone by tablets, notebook computers are projected to reach shipments of 211 million units, an increase of 10 percent over last year.

Global PC shipment growth in North America increased an estimated 18 percent from 2010, with over 17 percent of that growth coming from tablet computers. Across the pond in Europe, the PC market would have shrunk year over year if not for the growth of tablet sales.

These numbers highlight the fact that tablets, whether you consider them a personal computer or not, are quickly becoming a significant and important part of the industry. With Apple leading the charge with the iPad and hopefully some real competition with Amazon's recent Kindles, the future of computing could look very different in just a few short years.

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iPad & Galaxy Tab? Buhhh!! Real slate PC is not available yet. It will come with Windows 8 so be patience and speaking of iOS, it is not even a real OS, i mean compared to Windows or OSX it is nothing. You can't call it PC or if you do then my nokia 5320 (S60v3) is a PC.

PC has been always meant either a laptop or desktop system. Tablets/phones are not in the same class as PCs. So this is pretty stupid IMO.

So keep it as it should be. Mac vs PC...and iOS vs Android.

Honestly I could see my tablet easily replacing my computer in the years to come, it honestly just seems like the next step in evolution.

I agree with the analysis that Canalys is a ship of fools. The iPad can't possibly count as an actual PC. It's an overgrown smartphone, a consumption device. Now, I'll bet when the Windows 8 tablets come out, THOSE could be counted as PCs because they've have almost all the same capabilities as the desktop.

OH WOW! OH WOW!
And that's why the economy is where it is. Analysts and consultants that make up numbers better than urandom.

personally i would classify the Ipad as a pc... only reason being because it does replace it for most people that would use it. Sure some of us Autocad, extreme game, or edit movies, but in general that's not what MOST people do.

Maybe the definition of a PC is actually changing. It means "personal computer" right? well, for some, it fits the description of the Ipad. Maybe we should shift the name of what's currently a PC to the correct term of "workstation" and maybe if all you use it is for games, maybe "game station"... just ideas..

rippleman said,
personally i would classify the Ipad as a pc... only reason being because it does replace it for most people that would use it. Sure some of us Autocad, extreme game, or edit movies, but in general that's not what MOST people do.

Maybe the definition of a PC is actually changing. It means "personal computer" right? well, for some, it fits the description of the Ipad. Maybe we should shift the name of what's currently a PC to the correct term of "workstation" and maybe if all you use it is for games, maybe "game station"... just ideas..


Then gaming consoles could be probably merged with PCs as well?

rippleman said,
i don't think so.. it would be under game station..

but according to your definition we can include gaming stations too... I can do all my basic computing on my ps3

rippleman said,
personally i would classify the Ipad as a pc... only reason being because it does replace it for most people that would use it. Sure some of us Autocad, extreme game, or edit movies, but in general that's not what MOST people do.

Maybe the definition of a PC is actually changing. It means "personal computer" right? well, for some, it fits the description of the Ipad. Maybe we should shift the name of what's currently a PC to the correct term of "workstation" and maybe if all you use it is for games, maybe "game station"... just ideas..

Couldn't agree more.
With next generation of Tablets containing 2.5 Ghz plus Dual and Quad core processors even Autocad and Extreme gaming wouldn't be such a problem for the tablets to handle.

It's no different then when i saw someone say something about mobile gaming surpassing handheld gaming. Like comparing $1 games to $50 games is even in the same league. If NDS and PSP sold games for $1 no one would give a damn about mobile gaming.

Without the tablet, it has to surpass Dell and Lenovo first, then set its sights on HP. Don't see that happening for the next 3 years or so.

Current PC's should be related to desktop OS, not mobile OS.
This could, and probably will change in the future but I don't see it being included at the moment

Who in their right mind includes tablets in the Personal Computer statistics?
No-one, not even Apple, markets them as a Desktop/Laptop replacement.
Would be nice if the author could discuss this.

Jack Webster said,
Who in their right mind includes tablets in the Personal Computer statistics?
No-one, not even Apple, markets them as a Desktop/Laptop replacement.
Would be nice if the author could discuss this.

Only fanboys living in the reality distortion field

Jack Webster said,
Who in their right mind includes tablets in the Personal Computer statistics?
No-one, not even Apple, markets them as a Desktop/Laptop replacement.
Would be nice if the author could discuss this.

my rule is if you need to plug it into a computer at any time then it is not a PC on its own because it needs one to work.. if they eventually make the ipad completely independant as well as letting me plug every single USB device into it then maybe..

Lachlan said,

my rule is if you need to plug it into a computer at any time then it is not a PC on its own because it needs one to work.. if they eventually make the ipad completely independant as well as letting me plug every single USB device into it then maybe..

So, my HTC Sensation android phone is a Personal Computer?

Happy_Camel said,

So, my HTC Sensation android phone is a Personal Computer?

You didn't read his post very well.
Can you can plug a flash drive or an MP3 player into your phone?

Wolfbane said,
You didn't read his post very well.
Can you can plug a flash drive or an MP3 player into your phone?

Can you plug a flash drive or MP3 player into an iPad right out of the box?
The freaking thing wont even boot without an actual PC nor connect to any flash drive or MP3 player without an adaptor.

typed this from my iPad 2

Wolfbane said,
You didn't read his post very well.
Can you can plug a flash drive or an MP3 player into your phone?

yes, you can with honey comb or Ice cream sandwich for android... that still wont make my phone a PC.

Beyond Godlike said,

Only fanboys living in the reality distortion field

You should check what a "real" tablet is :capable to do: my old Toshiba M 400 convertible does exactly what a laptop can do plus it has all the advantages of a Tablet. I switched many years ago and never looked back.
Again the magic word here is: "A REAL TABLET".

Lachlan said,

my rule is if you need to plug it into a computer at any time then it is not a PC on its own because it needs one to work.. if they eventually make the ipad completely independant as well as letting me plug every single USB device into it then maybe..

With iOS5 you no longer need a PC/Mac everything can be done on the device itself.