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iPad book helps Apple take top spot in Client PC market

Apple has again started to top the global client PC market in Q1 after it ruled the Q4 of last year

According to a recent report by Canalys, Apple has crossed Hewlett-Packard to be the top client PC in the global market during the fourth quarter of 2011.

Apple has shipped more than about 15 million iPads and five million Macs in the fourth quarter. Combined together they represent about 17 percent of the total 120 million client PCs shipped globally during this period.

Apple has already started to roll their business again in 2012; they might be able to regain the crown at the top of the global Smartphone market. Apple is now also in the top position of the semiconductor chip company.

According to some recent reports Apple has outstanding sales numbers from its Mac unit at 5.2 million Mac computers sold in the first quarter. This figure is about 26 percent increase from the last year’s figure.

Most of the manufacturers are suffering from the floods in Thailand causing hard drive storage worldwide in the fourth quarter of last year. Canalys also believes that the floods will have a greater effect in the first quarter of this year.

Michael Kauh, Canalys research analyst, believes that the Ultrabook volumes will see limited adaptation throughout the first quarter. However, they will manage to gain the momentum later in the year with the decrease of the price of these devices as well as the launch of Intel’s new processors.

He also mentions that in a short term the vendor will experience more pressure in the Netbook and Notebook segments, especially with Apple’s annual iPad refresh approaching.

Apart from apple the whole client PC market showed a growth of 16 percent but if we leave the tablets out of it shows a decline of 0.4 percent. So we can that they are the major contributor in the growth of the market.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-02- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)