Cheers iPad 2: Apple Steal HP 'Mobile PC' Crown
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Apple are selling iPads like hot cakes – and are now the world top portable PC maker, pushing Hewlett Packard off the top spot according to analysts DisplaySearch.

The iPad maker shipped over 13.5 million tabs and Mac notebooks in Q2 – 136% annual growth, overtaking HP to reclaim the top spot, according to preliminary findings of DisplaySearch Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report. 

Nearly 80% of Apple’s ‘mobile PC’ (tablets and notebooks) shipments were iPads, which reached over 10.7m units – 107% growth compared to this time last year and no doubt aided by the release of iPad 2 earlier this year.  

Dell held the No.3 spot in the portable PC charts with 7.5m units shipped, Acer No.4 with 7m and Lenovo trailing at fifth position. 

Apple outran HP’s 9.7m units by 3.9m. 

And it looks like tabs are the main driver of a sagging PC industry, with notebooks also falling victim to the latter’s success – dropping 2% compared to first quarter in 2011. 

“From a category perspective, tablet PCs continue to be the engine of growth for the mobile PC industry,” say DisplaySearch. 

Tablet shipments overall were up nearly 70% compared to first quarter of 2011 and over 400% year-on-year to a phenomenal 16.4m units. 
Worldwide, shipments reached 64.4m over just a three month period, up 28% compared to 2010. 
However, shipments of non-Apple tablets, most of which run Google’s Android, including the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 and Asus Transformer reached over 5.6m units, meaning non-iPads accounted for every one in two tabs sold. 
And non-Apple tab growth was 25%. Not bad. 

Notebooks were down 2% compared to last quarter but were up slightly compared to a year ago, with Samsung and Dell doing particularly well in the category. 

“A consumer notebook PC adoption slowdown continues to hold back the industry following a 2% Y/Y drop in shipments in Q1’11.”
Among the top five players, Acer experienced the largest decline in shipment growth, falling back 12% overall compared to the same time 2010.

Dell  was 27% up on last quarter shipment growth, the analysts noted, “as it continues to take advantage of a rebound in commercial market PC shipments. “


Commenting on the industry, Richard Shim, DisplaySearch Senior Analyst, said: “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.”