“Including iPad sales, Apple is now the biggest US PC maker,” Jonny Evans reports for Computerworld. “Really? Yes indeed, if you read between the lines of the latest Gartner and IDC PC marketshare data. Even without those sales, the once-declared-dead Apple Inc. has achieved an impressive 10 percent share of the US PC market. IDC has declared the company to be the third-biggest PC maker.”
“Despite that neither firm has yet moved to include tablets within their PC marketshare figures is particularly risible when you consider both firms concede the iPad has impacted broader PC sales, impacting netbooks in particular,” Evans reports. “It is ever so obvious that iPads can be used as productivity devices — that’s why Fortune 500 companies are adopting them; that is why corporations are considering them a viable and lightweight alternative to notebooks for business trips… When, oh when, [will] Gartner and IDC accept the error of their ways and choose to recognise tablet sales as PC sales?”
Evans reports, “If they do, then imagine if Apple had sold just 4.5 million iPads in the last quarter (which seems conservative, given news out of Apple’s component supply chains). Add those sales to its PC sales and Steve Jobs now leads what is arguably the biggest [U.S.] computer company… Apple shipped [a roughly estimated] 1.9 million PCs in the US, compared to HP’s 4.5 million and Dell’s 4.3 million.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: As anyone who owns one understands, iPad is a personal computer.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]