According to the latest data report from Canalys (via 9to5Mac), who treat the iPad as a PC due to its ability to operate without being tethered and to use external keyboards and monitors, 12% year-on-year growth in Q2 2012 global PC shipments is being credited to strong sales of Apple’s new iPad. As a result, Apple now leads global PC shipments with 19 percent market share, followed by HP, Lenovo and Acer.
Detailing from the source:
Growth in pads more than compensated for disappointing sales of Ultrabooks. The new iPad had the biggest single impact on growth rates in the quarter, but Asus and Samsung made progress with their Transformer and Galaxy Tab product lines. Total pad shipments increased 75% to 24 million units, representing 22% of all PCs.
“There is now a large base of replacement buyers that simply must have the latest Apple product, and the decision to continue shipping the iPad 2 at lower price points has opened up new customers, for example in education,” added Canalys Research Analyst Tom Evans.
Meanwhile, Samsung more than doubled its Galaxy Tab shipments compared to Q2 2011. Canalys said the company is “Apple’s chief challenger” in the tablet sector.
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