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

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.

  • soo-nah-mee
    A tablet is NOT a PC.
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  • igot1forya
    It's not a PC... its a MAC!

    Oh wait, that's what marketing wants you to think.
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  • "However, if we assume for a moment that tablets could be considered PCs..."
    ^I stopped reading here.
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  • BlackHawk91
    Gruener praising apple again? Now that's new -_-
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  • tanjo
    Tablet = PC??? You might as well include smartphones. How stupid.
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  • cookoy
    Wikipedia defines a PC as a general purpose computer for individuals. A PC has several types: desktops, mobiles like laptops, netbooks, tablets, pocket PC.
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  • soo-nah-mee
    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
    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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  • Stryter
    cookoyWikipedia defines a PC as a general purpose computer for individuals. A PC has several types: desktops, mobiles like laptops, netbooks, tablets, pocket PC.
    Your post began going downhill when you started your sentence with "Wikipedia". How about next time you use an actual dictionary.
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  • campb292
    cookoyWikipedia defines
    That is really funny.
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