Despite a 16% fall in iPad sales, Apple remains the number one seller in the combined computer and tablet market. This, from a new report from research firm Canalys.
Canalys, via 9to5Mac:
Worldwide, iPad shipments in Q1 fell 16% year on year to 16.4 million and accounted for 80% of Apple’s total PC shipments. Despite this, Apple continued to lead the global PC market. Its share fell both sequentially and year on year from 20% to 17%, due chiefly to the increasingly competitive tablet market.
Canalys’ argument for combining figures for computers and tablets makes increasing sense, as many companies continue to look to tablets in the place of laptop and desktop computers. Tablets now outselling laptops, with desktop units bringing up the rear.
Worldwide figures show tablets now account for 41% of combined sales, laptops 38% and desktops 21%.
Canalys sees Apple’s ecosystem and the recent launch of Office for iPad as insurance that the company will remain a leader for some time to come.