Apple computers topped sales for the mobile PC market last quarter, according to a new report from the market research company DisplaySearch. Apple shipped more than 13.6 million units, which translates to just over 21 percent of the mobile PC market. The computing giant retook the top spot from HP, which sold about 9.7 million units to take second place with 15 percent of the mobile PC market.
Before the Apple adherents among you celebrate too much, keep in mind that included in Apple’s mobile sales are the more than 10 million iPads the company shipped last quarter. The iPad accounts for more than 80 percent of Apple’s mobile computing sales. In fact, DisplaySearch credits the Tablet PC market in general with invigorating mobile sales in general. Tablet sales grew at the absurd rate of 400 percent over last year. Most of that growth naturally comes from Apple’s tablet since the iPad is expected to grab 61 percent of the tablet market this year.
If you limit the market to traditional laptop PCs, then Apple’s market share erodes almost completely. However, the report also notes that laptop PC sales in general have fallen for the second quarter in a row. DisplaySearch credits that drop, at least partially, to tablet sales, which have started to erode the laptop market. So not only is the iPad now the best-selling mobile PC on the market, it has begun to effect sales of more traditional laptop PCs.