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Apple to Become World's Largest PC Maker in H2 2012?

By - Source: Canalys | B 75 comments

Canalys' analysts are more optimistic about PC sales this year than their colleagues from IHS, Gartner and IDC, sort of.

Canalys expects PC shipments to rise by about 15 percent this year, which, however, includes shipments of tablets. In this statistic, Apple has already become a dominant player in the market.

According to Canalys, PC shipments are expected to hit 415 million this year, 59 million of which will be tablets. 22 million tablets are forecast to be sold during the current quarter. Notebook sales are estimated at 211 million units, up 10 percent from last year. The North American PC market is predicted to expand by 18 percent to 103 million units. However, excluding tablets, the market grows by less than 1 percent, Canalys said.

Canalys is the only major market research firm that includes tablets in their PC forecasts and this decision remains highly controversial. However, if we assume for a moment that tablets could be considered PCs, they will help Apple to become the world's largest PC maker, Canalys said.

"Apple has seen its PC market share expand from 9 percent to 15 percent in just four quarters, though iPad shipments in its core market – the United States – are likely to come under pressure in Q4 due to the launch of the Fire and Nook at extremely competitive price points," said Canalys Analyst Tim Coulling, in a prepared statement. "HP and Apple will fight for top position in Q4, but Apple may have to wait for the release of iPad 3 before it passes HP."

Among analysts, Canalys' global market share numbers for Apple appear to be somewhat high. For example, Needham & Co. analysts told their clients in a research note that Apple currently holds 5.2 percent of the PC market, which is 15-year high, according to the investment bank.

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    igot1forya , November 21, 2011 8:08 PM
    It's not a PC... its a MAC!

    Oh wait, that's what marketing wants you to think.
  • 24 Hide
    BlackHawk91 , November 21, 2011 8:17 PM
    Gruener praising apple again? Now that's new -_-
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    soo-nah-mee , November 21, 2011 8:05 PM
    A tablet is NOT a PC.
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  • 22 Hide
    soo-nah-mee , November 21, 2011 8:05 PM
    A tablet is NOT a PC.
  • 25 Hide
    igot1forya , November 21, 2011 8:08 PM
    It's not a PC... its a MAC!

    Oh wait, that's what marketing wants you to think.
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    Anonymous , November 21, 2011 8:10 PM
    "However, if we assume for a moment that tablets could be considered PCs..."
    ^I stopped reading here.
  • 24 Hide
    BlackHawk91 , November 21, 2011 8:17 PM
    Gruener praising apple again? Now that's new -_-
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    tanjo , November 21, 2011 8:25 PM
    Tablet = PC??? You might as well include smartphones. How stupid.
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    cookoy , November 21, 2011 8:26 PM
    Wikipedia defines a PC as a general purpose computer for individuals. A PC has several types: desktops, mobiles like laptops, netbooks, tablets, pocket PC.
  • 10 Hide
    soo-nah-mee , November 21, 2011 8:28 PM
    I'll add this: A tablet is no more a PC than a phone is a PC. A tablet (while great), is nothing more than a big phone without "phone" functionality. If they ARE going to consider a tablet a PC, then all smartphones must be considered PCs as well.

    Either way, a tablet is NOT a PC. Nor is a phone.
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    southernshark , November 21, 2011 8:30 PM
    Apple has had a great run, and it will probably carry for a year or two or five even. But eventually trends fade. I wonder though what the PC market will look like then. I would bet that by then Dell has gone the way of Gateway, off to the graveyard of non-competitive tech.
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    zorky9 , November 21, 2011 8:38 PM
    tanjoTablet = PC??? You might as well include smartphones. How stupid.

    and calculators and cash registers. That will bring back IBM.
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    AbdullahG , November 21, 2011 8:44 PM
    Sweet Jesus...
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    jezus53 , November 21, 2011 8:45 PM
    southernsharkApple has had a great run, and it will probably carry for a year or two or five even. But eventually trends fade. I wonder though what the PC market will look like then. I would bet that by then Dell has gone the way of Gateway, off to the graveyard of non-competitive tech.


    Dell may disappear in the consumer market but it still very strong in the commercial area. Schools and businesses love em, and their business laptops are pretty nice. My 4 year old Latitude works like a champ. All I had to do was replace the battery, which is common on laptops anyways, and the thing was only 20 bucks on Amazon so no big deal. It's their consumer laptops that suck.
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    sceen311 , November 21, 2011 8:46 PM
    A Tablet is a Personal Computer.... It's a computer, and it's used personally... in most cases.

    A Smartphone is a Computer and is Very Personal, could include those too.

    A PC or Personal Computer can be a pretty broad category.

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    Raidur , November 21, 2011 8:56 PM
    Is a calculator a PC? It computes...

    God I hope Apple advertises this if they hit #1. Oh the irony.
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    sceen311 , November 21, 2011 9:01 PM
    If you think a Windows based Desktop computer is the only type of PC, you've seen too many apple Commercials and need to learn to think with some level of logic and reason.
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    runswindows95 , November 21, 2011 9:08 PM
    To me, PC = a device where I can use a full-sized keyboard, a mouse, and can run at least one or more monitors.

    I do WAY too much word processing to downgrade to any less than a 15.6" laptop. I could use a netbook, but man, try reading a Word file with 5,000+ words on a 10" or smaller screen.
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    poxenium , November 21, 2011 9:10 PM
    Apple's no PC, just a fruit :p 
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    jellico , November 21, 2011 9:20 PM
    I concur... tablets are NOT PCs. They're not even Macs, per se. They are simply mobile devices (sophisticated mobile devices, but mobile devices nonetheless).

    Let us have a more reasonable definition of a PC... better yet, rather than defining what a PC is, let's just say that in order for something to be classified as a "PC" for the sake of market analysis, then the devices must be comparable in abilities. So, we can say that a laptop can be used in lieu of a desktop. A Mac can be used in place of a Windows-based PC (yes, I know, not for gaming purposes... I was being more general). A device like an iPad, however, can NOT be used in lieu of either a Windows or Apple based desktop or laptop computer. Therefore, someone buying an iPad was not in the market for a "PC" to begin with. That would be like saying that auto shipments are up because people are being more bicycles.
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    _Cubase_ , November 21, 2011 9:29 PM
    Is it just me, or do these so called "analysts" consistently prove that they know f**k all about anything!?
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