Add up Mac and iPad sales, and Apple is once again the world’s PC unit volume king. The company’s combined 20 million devices yielded a 17 percent share, easily eclipsing both HP and Dell.
Apple announced last month in its quarterly earnings report last month that it shipped 16.3 million iPads and 4.1 million Macs for the period, giving it 20.4 million total PCs.
“The fall in iPad shipments in [the first quarter] was the sharpest ever,” said Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Coulling in just released research paper. “Apple’s ecosystem and the recent launch of Office for iPad should ensure it is well placed to remain a leader for some time.”
Yes, Apple’s most recent results did show iPad shipments off a tad. However, like the Mac, the iPad owns the part of the tablet market that truly matters — the profitable part.
That said, while Android has achieved rough app parity with the iPhone, made for iPad apps still vastly outnumber and outclass those available for Android slabs.
PC Unit Volume: League Of One
It is perhaps inevitable that Apple will lose tablet market share to Android. However, for the foreseeable future, Apple will continue to be the only global player that is top of table competitive in all three computing form factors.
For example, Lenovo does well in PCs and tablets, but isn’t a player in smartphones. For its part, Samsung is the tablet and smartphone leader, but isn’t competitive in PC unit volume.
Tellingly, in February, Apple’s 19.5 percent market share was bigger than HP and Dell combined, two 20th Century PC unit volume leaders that don’t factor in either smartphones or tablets.
Yep, it’s an Apple world…
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