iPad is counted in as well.
Research firm Canalys believes Apple will surpass HP as the top PC vendor by mid-2012 – but only when the iPad sales are counted in as well, which the firm does (they think it is a ‘personal computer’).
Apple’s market share (with the iPad counted in) grew from 9% to 15% year-over-year. Without the ‘magical’ tablet, Apple passed the 5% mark only recently. The iPad will face stiff competition from Kindle Fire and Nook tablet, Canalys says, due to their extremely competitive price points.
“Apple has seen its PC market share expand from 9% to 15% 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. “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.”
In terms of worldwide sales, Canalys predicts PC shipments to reach 415 million by end of 2011, a 15% year-over-year raise thanks to tablet sales. Separately, tablets is expected to reach 59 million in sales by the end the year, with Q4 volumes to exceed 22 million.