Apple"s latest quarterly financial announcement on Tuesday revealed that the company has sold 9.25 million units of its iPad tablet in the April-June quarter of 2011. The massive sales of the iPad brand, which launched in April 2010, are clearly taking market share away from PCs. Business Insider now reports that based on Apple"s sales numbers iPad sales now account for 11 percent of the total PC market. In comparison, IDC states that PC sales in the April-June quarter, which did not include any tablet numbers, were 84.4 million units worldwide.
If the iPad were to be compared to other PC makers it would be the fourth largest in the world; behind HP, Dell, and Lenovo. If one were to add sales of Apple"s Mac brand of PCs to the equation Apple would now become the second largest PC market in the world behind just HP. If iPad sales continue to accelerate Apple will likely be the number one seller of PCs before too long.
Venture Beat reports that during Apple"s conference call with financial analysts on Tuesday, Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook stated that sales of the iPad have been in a "frenzy". When asked by an analyst if sales of the iPad were affecting sales of their Mac PCs, he stated, "We believe that some people chose to buy an iPad over a Mac in the quarter, but we believe that even more people chose to bought an iPad over a Windows PC." That obviously has to affect PC processor makers like Intel and AMD and certainly is a big threat to Microsoft"s who has its Windows OS installed in the vast majority of PCs.