Apple Still Tops Tablet and Mobile PC Market, Thanks to iPad’s Popularity

May 23, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

According to latest data released by the research firm NPD DisplaySearch, Apple’s iPad pushed the company to the top of the list of best performing mobile PC manufacturer in the market for the last quarter.

According to the research firm, iGiant was able to ship 17.2 million mobile PCs worldwide during the first quarter. These shipments helped them earn 22.5 percent share of the market.

Rivals like HP and Acer were far behind with just 11.6 percent and 9 percent market share, respectively. Last but not least in the top five of the list, was Lenovo and Dell with 7.7 percent and 7.3 percent market share respectively.

The research firm which considers tablets, notebooks, and mini-notebooks as mobile PCs reveals that 76.2 million units were shipped during the quarter, showing a 30 percent jump from last year.

Apple was more than dynamic in the slate market where they shipped 13.6 million iPads during the first quarter and amassed a burgeoning 62.8 percent market share in the tablet market. Though Amazon had a good show with the Kindle Fire, they were able to get only 4 percent of the market share while Samsung was better off with a 7.5 percent mark.

While Apple’s dominance is mainly due to the popularity of the iPad, rivals are also making hidden growths. According to the data, Apple had 26.6 percent of the global mobile PC market, during the last quarter of 2011.

Now it has gone down to 22.5 percent. HP, the main rival, had only 9.9 percent share in Q4 2011, but improved its position in the last quarter with an 11.6 percent mark.

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