The PC market is fast making the move to tablets, and Apple is leading the way. New numbers from Canalys show that in Q4 2012, one in every three PCs shipped was a tablet, and that Apple’s iPad accounted for about half of them. So, one in every six PCs shipped was an iPad.
By combining PC and tablet figures — a logical thing to do, given that many are substituting tablet purchases and usage for PC purchases and usage — Canalys figures that worldwide PC shipments are actually on the rise — up by 12% to 134 million units. That’s in contrast to figures from Gartner, which in January noted that Q4 PC shipments were down by 5% on last year — without factoring in tablets.
If you add Apple’s Mac sales to its iPad sales, it grabs the leadership position among PC vendors. The Cupertino firm shipped 27 million units in Q4, giving it a 20.1% share of the market. HP took the second place spot, shipping 15 million PCs, for an 11.2% share of the market. It just edged out Lenovo, which shipped 200,000 fewer units.
Android continues to make advances, as Canalys says this is the first quarter where the iPad didn’t account for more than 50% of all tablets shipped, it was 49%. Android accounted for 46%.
The iPad mini was the winning factor for Apple: “Apple timed the launch of the iPad mini well,” writes Pin-Chen Tang, Canalys research analyst. “Its success proves there is a clear demand for pads with smaller screens at a more affordable price. Without the launch, Apple would surely have lost more ground to its competitors.”