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Apple Now Top Mobile PC Manufacturer, Takes Lead Position From HP

Apple Now Top Mobile PC Manufacturer, Takes Lead Position From HP

Apple is at the top of yet another market share list; this time, it’s mobile PCs, which includes both tablets and notebooks. According to DisplaySearch’s Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment And Forecast Report, the Cupertino company shipped 13.6 million units in Q2 2011, far outpacing second-place HP’s 9.7 million. Year-over-year, that represents 136% growth for Apple in the mobile PC space.

Dell (7.5 million shipments), Acer Group (7 million), and Lenovo (4.8 million) round out the top five spots. In terms of percentages, Apple’s 21.1% market share is almost double that of Dell (11.6%) and Acer Group (10.9%), and nearly thrice Lenovo’s share of 7.5%.

The report indicates that 80% of Apple’s shipments were iPads, which isn’t terribly surprising, and it’s indicative of how tablets are gobbling up the mobile computing space at the expense of notebooks. Compared to the first quarter of 2011, tablet shipments surged 70% in Q2, and compared to this time last year, they’re up a whopping 400%. (Even without the iPad inflating the numbers, tablets still enjoyed 25% growth year-over-year.)

At the same time, overall notebook shipments are comparatively stagnating, with just 2% growth year-over-year and actually a 2% decline quarter-to-quarter.

Richard Shim, Senior Analyst for DisplaySearch, said in the press release, “Preliminary results show a second consecutive quarter of Y/Y shipment growth rate decline [in the notebook PC category]. While part of the Y/Y decline can be attributed to a strong first half of 2010, the rising tablet PC shipment growth rate begins to point to notebook PC shipment cannibalization.”


Apple Retakes Top Mobile PC Market Share Position from HP in Q2’11
Tablet PC Shipments Fuel Apple’s 136% Y/Y Mobile PC Growth; Lead on HP Nearly 4 Million Units

SANTA CLARA, CALIF., August 18, 2011—Apple shipped over 13.5 million mobile PCs in Q2’11 for 136% Y/Y shipment growth, overtaking HP for the top spot, according to preliminary results from the latest DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report. Nearly 80% of Apple’s mobile PC shipments were iPads, which reached over 10.7 million units, for 107% Y/Y growth. Apple’s total mobile PC shipments (notebook and tablet PCs) were 3.9 million units more than HP’s nearly 9.7 million units for the quarter.

From a category perspective, tablet PCs continue to be the engine of growth for the mobile PC industry. Tablet PC shipments were up nearly 70% Q/Q and over 400% Y/Y with nearly 16.4 million units shipped in Q2’11. Notebook PC shipments were down 2% Q/Q but up 2% Y/Y with nearly 48 million units shipped in Q2’11. A consumer notebook PC adoption slowdown continues to hold back the industry following a 2% Y/Y drop in shipments in Q1’11. Worldwide mobile PC shipments (including notebook and tablet PCs) reached 64.4 million in Q2’11, up 10% Q/Q and 28% Y/Y. Among the top five players, Acer experienced the largest decline in shipment growth. Acer’s shipment growth declined in Q2’11, falling 4% Q/Q and 12% Y/Y.

In the notebook PC category, Samsung and Dell had the fastest shipment growth, up 44% and 33% Y/Y, respectively. Dell was also up Q/Q with 27% shipment growth, as it continues to take advantage of a rebound in commercial market PC shipments. Samsung’s shipments fell 16% Q/Q as it was unable to build off of strong shipment results in EMEA and China. Still Samsung was able to top Q1’11 shipment levels in North America and Asia Pacific.

“Preliminary results show a second consecutive quarter of Y/Y shipment growth rate decline,” said Richard Shim, Senior Analyst for DisplaySearch. “While part of the Y/Y decline can be attributed to a strong first half of 2010, the rising tablet PC shipment growth rate begins to point to notebook PC shipment cannibalization.”
Tablet PC shipment results show that even after removing Apple from growth rate calculations, worldwide Y/Y tablet PC shipment growth reached 25%, and shipments of non-Apple tablets reached over 5.6 million

The DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report covers the entire range of mobile PC products shipped worldwide and regionally. With analysis of global and regional brands, the Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Reportprovides an objective, expert view of the market with insight into historical shipments, revenues, forecasts and more. For more information about the report, please contact Charles Camaroto at 1.888.436.7673 or 1.516.625.2452, e-mailcontact@displaysearch.com or contact your regional DisplaySearch office in China, Japan, Korea or Taiwan or more information.
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Don't get it. Like my pc's--modding them, overclocking them, upgrading them--too much to ever consider using an "A" anything. And I find win 7 too be a very capable os.

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You have to consider the sheer numbers here and that they include tablets (which are mobile PCs of course). Apple's iPad shipments have been huge obviously and tablets have also eaten into notebook market share. I'm with you, but I don't discriminate. I like it all, Apple products included. I just think mainstream users are flocking towards Apple's out of the box experience. It just works.

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Hey Dave,

I cannot help but find Jobs to be one of the most arrogant people in the world. I hate to see arrogant people succeed. That being said, I fear this "A" trend is having a deleterious effect on everything related to pc enthusiasts, including the number of people becoming pc enthusiasts in a given period of time.

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Nahhh.... :) They build good stuff, pricey but good. I think it's time PC manufacturers tighten up on things too. Competition is good. There was a day when notebooks weren't as well built as they are now. That's why IBM's ThinkPad (Lenovo now) did so well in the day. I hate to say it but Apple has brought the game up on a lot of fronts. Competition is good for us all. Don't get me wrong, I'm an enthusiast and build my own desktops, run a standard Win 7 notebook etc. However, I think it's a reach to say that Apple is affecting the enthusiast population in some way.

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Just got an iPad 3G in the mail today. My daughter bought it for me. It's a pretty cool little device, but it's gonna take some getting used to.

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realneil,

How are you able to be objective in that it was a present from your daughter? Enjoy. Fortunately my son would never buy me anything from "A", but rather something cool, such as another 8GB of memory or a new noctua fan.

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pdjblum:
realneil,  How are you able to be objective in that it was a present from your daughter?

I don't have to be objective about it. Who says that I'm required to be objective? All I have to do is enjoy using it, or not, and so far I am. Sorry that Apple racking up another sale pisses you off so much. Try breathing slowly,.....

pdjblum:
Enjoy.

Oh Hell Yeah, I will,........I am! This thing's cool. I've already used 'FaceTime' and had a video-conversation with my granddaughter who showed me her new furniture in her room.

pdjblum:
Fortunately my son would never buy me anything from "A"

I wouldn't either if I was your kid,.... you seem to be on an Anti-Apple crusade. Why piss off your father when he's got such a huge bone for Apple?   

But my daughter knows that I'm ~progressive~ Smile and figured that I would like it, or that I would at least try it out for a while before I passed judgment on it.

Drake_McNasty:
@realneil.....there is always ebay or craigslist for that paper weight from your daughter.

I'm keeping it, besides, she engraved my name onto it before it was sent and finding someone with the perfect name to buy it would be tedious at best.  Big Smile

 

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As I said, enjoy. Both my son and I will continue to stay behind the times, not everyone can be "progressive." He will continue to use his sli i5 @ 3.8ghz intel with three ssd's in a mountain mods case dinosaur and I will continue to use the archaic rigs I have set up on test benches around my desk. Wonder if we too would be able to have a video conversation on our ancient rigs. He is fourteen and knows the value of a real pc. He likes to game and knows pc's are where gaming is at. He is not swayed by Apple's marketing or the need to be cool or "progressive." My son knows I have enough tech, that I don't need something because everyone else has it, and that I rather he spend the money on himself.

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pdjblum:
He is fourteen and knows the value of a real pc. He likes to game and knows pc's are where gaming is at.

Obviously you guys are the only ones who know the value of a desktop PC and other are not so fortunate. I'll just go now and mope with my i7-2600K, suffering with my 16GB of 2133Mhz Mushkin RedLine RAM, and my crappy OCZ SSD's trying valiantly to push my ASUS GTX570's along.

And suffer I will with the other two i7-870's with their stinkin' SSD's and 16GB of RAM in them.

Woe is me.

You said earlier that Steve Jobs is arrogant. You're pretty arrogant yourself,.....but Steve has good reason to be. Smile

If you take an honest look at Apple objectively (I doubt that you really can), he turned an almost bankrupt company into the most valued company in America. (remember that after he left, they went downhill fast and almost went under) He came back and went to work, and whatever he did caused a financial explosion like nobody has ever seen before. It's been reported that they have more cash flow that the US government as of this week. (Please remember that money talks, and B.S. walks) Their stock prices have soared and many people have made a lot of money with their stock. They make products that are designed well and that do exactly what they're supposed to do, and they're reliable.  Yes, the cost a crapload of money, but that doesn't make people who buy their products somehow stupid or 'sheep' as so many of you ~haters~ like to say. You're sitting there calling a huge segment of the population stupid for buying s*h*i*t that works.

I have three nice gaming PC's (my own home builds) with Win-7 64Bit on them. I like to game on them, and I like to OC them a bit. They're quite capable and I enjoy the crap out of them. Win-7 64Bit is the best OS that Microsoft has ever put out so far.

I had an Intel Extreme iMac 24" for three years, until my son needed it for school. I gave it to him to use, but I can say that it did everything it was supposed to do well, and never had any problems either. I didn't like that it was such a PITA to upgrade, but I replaced the Harddrive in it to a 1TB 7,200RPM 64MB Cache Western Digital Drive before I gave it to him.

I tried gaming with the Mac, and it wasn't the same as gaming on a Windows PC.

Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but I use Ubuntu on two of my older 'Puters too.

I spent over 25 years working on the Space Shuttle program and was introduced to PC's (Mac & Windows) while working there. They successfully combined both platforms using the strong points from both to produce the most technologically advanced spacecraft that the world has ever seen. (yeah, Macs helped us to get to the moon too)

Sorry, but I don't think it's a good idea to limit yourself in any way during the age of technology.




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You have all that, and you needed an ipad to video conference? Want not, waste not. You win man.

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pdjblum:
You have all that, and you needed an ipad to video conference?

No, I didn't need it, I had all of those capabilities already. My kid wanted to give it to me for my birthday. I wouldn't have bought it for myself,....but I like it, it works well. I'll keep it and use it too. So what?

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I certainly never called you "stupid". Where did you get such a thing from? Sorry you feel the need to call me names. Maybe you are the one that needs to "take a breath," "smell the flowers," or whatever else you suggested I do. Owning "A" products seems to make people very defensive. Is owning an "A" product supposed to make people feel secure? Not sure it helps based on reactions from "A" product owners to critical comments. Jobs will be pleased you defended him against an arrogant piece of crap like me.

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"LOL, Dave found a new Buddy'

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I think that the competition for slim netbooks from the Mac Air is a good example for the the upcoming ultra-books from other like Asus.Never really considered an Apple desktop for the the enthusiast.

Heard that HP has a bunch of TouchPads that even Best Buy,whatever mart ? and others are a having a hard time selling them..

Can't knock a product that just works in  a way folks expect and want.

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I hate apple and their products and hope they fall from "grace", but I'm with Dave on this one, I'm all for technology. I also agree that apple's notebooks have made other manufactures step up their game in the looks and quality arena. The newest crop of pc notebooks are sleek, sexy, and powerful; and as much as it pains me to say this I think apple is mostly responsible for that. The same is happening in the tablet/phone market, just look at samsung's products. I use mac at work and pc at home and I have to tell you I honestly prefer my pc, but I'm not an average user.

@realneil.....there is always ebay or craigslist for that paper weight from your daughter.

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Kudos to Apple for building a successful company with high quality products. I do agree that they are arrogant as a whole with their products but that is how they are able to make them just work.

Windows is simply gives users more freedom with their machines and this is what makes them somewhat more prone to breaking and having problems. I have also had plenty of problems with Apple products as well particularly with integrating them with a corporate Windows based network.

I have to say I would never buy an Apple product for myself but I have used the iPad and it is one really nice piece of equipment. I am currently playing with a Viewsonic G Tab (Rooted and running Honeycomb) and the iPad beats the crap out of it with smoothness. Apple is pushing the market along (though I wish it has not become so tablet centric) and that is good for everyone.

@realneil if my daughter gave me an iPad as a present I would totally be with you on keeping it and using it Smile

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None of the companies on this list meets the definition of a manufacturer, Foxconn does their manufacturing for them all and would be the largest computer manufacturer. The listed companies are just resellers, the products have their name on them but they did not make them.

Apple makes great products, but they took the easy road, make a computer with software and only make a couple of computers. Microsoft has to work on thousands of configurations. I don't know about you but I would expect more problems. Smart business move for apple, but I like things I can change, add memory, change the hard drive, replace the battery in my notebooks as well as upgrade the CPU. None of which are possible in a macbook, don;t know about desktops, but I suspect they aren't too upgradable either.

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FloydF:
I like things I can change, add memory, change the hard drive, replace the battery in my notebooks as well as upgrade the CPU.

Most of us here on this site feel the same way. We like to tinker around with our bling. Smile

The Apple iMacs are slightly upgradable if you consider just the RAM, but changing a HDD in one of them was a PITA for me. I did it, but never again.

I guess that the Mac Pro line is upgradable, but they require parts that are designed for them.

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