Apple Passes HP as World’s Largest PC Manufacturer


A week ago, Apple announced their record-breaking results for last quarter, selling more iPhones and iPads in the quarter than ever before.

Not only did the iPhone sales make Apple the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world, but now the iPad sales have made Apple the number one PC manufacturer in the world, passing HP. That is, if you consider the iPad a PC.

Apple’s combined sales of 15.4 million iPads and 5.2 million Macs accounted for 17 percent of the total 120 million PC shipments worldwide.

According to the research firm Canalys:

Apple shipped over 15 million iPads and five million Macs, representing 17% of the
total 120 million client PCs shipped globally in Q4. Overall, the total client PC market, including desktops,
netbooks, notebooks, and pads grew 16% year-on-year. Excluding pads, the client PC market declined
0.4%. The floods in Thailand, that impacted hard drive assembly plants, caused mild disruption to
shipments during the quarter, but the side effects are likely to be felt in the first half of 2012.

Some may argue that the iPad is not considered a PC but regardless, Apple is winning.

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