iPad Shipments Propel Apple Past HP to Top Mobile PC Position: Report

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Mobile PCs, led by the impressive sales of Apple's iPad, reached 59.6 million units sold in Q4 2010.

Surging iPad tablet shipments have propelled Apple to a 17.2 percent share of worldwide mobile PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010, placing Apple at the top of the DisplaySearch market share ranking. According to preliminary results from the company’s Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report, Apple shipped more than 10.2 million notebook and tablet PCs combined, nearly a million more units than Hewlett-Packard (HP) in the same period.

The report also noted while Apple’s iPad is benefiting from a first-mover advantage, particularly in mature markets, its notebook PC shipment growth rate continues to exceed the industry average. Among the top five brands in the mobile PC market, Toshiba was the only other company to exhibit year of year shipment growth.

HP, Acer Group (including Founder shipments), and Dell took the second, third and fourth positions, respectively. HP rang up 9.3 million sales of mobile PCs, representing 15.6 percent of the market, Acer moved 8.4 million units for a 14 percent market share and Dell sold 5.9 million units, taking just under 10 percent of the market.

Toshiba’s shipments increased 15 percent year over year to more than 5.1 million units in Q4 2010, as it maintained its number five position in market share. The top five brands accounted for 65.4 percent of the total mobile PC market, the report found.

"While we anticipate increased competition in the tablet PC market later this year with the introduction of Android Honeycomb-based tablets, Apple’s iPad business is complementing a notebook line whose shipments widely exceed the industry average growth rate," said Richard Shim, senior analyst at DisplaySearch. "Apple is currently benefiting from significant and comprehensive growth from both sectors of the mobile PC spectrum, notebooks and tablet PCs. Cannibalization seems limited at this point."

In Q4 2010, worldwide mobile PC shipments (including tablet PCs) reached 59.6 million, up 8 percent compared with Q4 2009 and 17 percent year over year, the highest volume since DisplaySearch first began to track this segment in 1999. The report noted the growth of notebook PC shipments, excluding tablets, was weak in Q4 2010, up just four percent quarter over quarter and one percent year over year.