1/31/2011 07:35:00 PM - 0 comments
Including iPad tablet sales, Apple is currently the world’s third-largest PC maker, according to the latest stats provided by the research firm Canalsys. The PC industry saw a substantial market share increase of 19 percent for the fourth quarter of 2010 — clearly boosted by the Cupertino, California-based Apple’s strong performance, singlehandedly outperformed huge PC makers such as Dell, HP, Acer, and a lot more. Apple now holds 10.8 percent market share and unit shipment growth at 241 percent annually.
The report justifies the inclusion of the revolutionary iPad tablet as computer’s because the definition of a PC has evolved over the years, and continues to do so. Here’s an excerpt:
‘Any argument that a pad is not a PC is simply out of sync,’ said Chiam. ‘With screen sizes of seven inches or above, ample processing power, and a growing number of applications, pads offer a computing experience comparable to netbooks. They compete for the same customers and will happily coexist. As with smart phones, some users will require a physical keyboard, while others will do without.’
‘Each new product category typically causes a significant shift in market shares,’ said Chiam. ‘Apple is benefiting from pads, just as Acer, Samsung and Asus previously did with netbooks. The PC industry has always evolved this way, starting when Toshiba and Compaq rode high on the original notebook wave.’
Undoubtedly, huge name in PC industry still dominates the computer sales last year; Hp maintains its throne with 17.7 percent of market share, and then followed by tough rival Acer with 12.8 percent market share, Dell and Lenovo took the fourth and fifth position respectively.
Apple already revolutionized or reshaped the computers when they introduced the first tablet PC last year. Then other device maker such as RIM, Samsung, Toshiba, and lot more, is following apple’s foot step. However, there are still not convinced that iPad is a computer, but then that begs the question, “What is a computer.” Does it have Internet access or Web browsing? LAN or Online Games? Productivity stuff? Emails? Yes? No? Maybe? If so, where do you draw the line?