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Apple tops mobile PC market in Q2

SIZZLING GROWTH:Tablet PCs made up the lion’s share of the company’s growth, with the exponential growth of the devices pointing to notebook cannibalization

Staff Writer, with CNA

Shipments of Apple Inc’s notebooks and tablet PCs reached 13.6 million units in the second quarter of the year, helping the company edge Hewlett-Packard Co (HP) as the world’s No. 1 mobile PC maker, market information advisory firm DisplaySearch said.

DisplaySearch’s latest market report, released on Thursday, found that Apple had a 21.1 percent share in the world’s mobile PC market in the second quarter after it included tablets in the category.

The DisplaySearch report was released on the same day that Palo Alto, California-based HP announced it would attempt to spin off or sell its PC business, while discontinuing its smartphone and tablet lines by October to focus on its strength in the corporate market.

The Cupertino, California-based Apple’s total mobile PC shipments were 3.9 million units more than HP’s nearly 9.7 million units for the quarter. About 80 percent of Apple’s mobile PC shipments were iPads, which surpassed 10.7 million units, accounting for 107 percent year-on-year growth, DisplaySearch said.

HP came in second in the mobile PC market, with a market share of 15 percent in the second quarter, followed by Dell Inc with 11.6 percent, Acer Inc (宏碁) with 10.9 percent and China’s Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) with 7.5 percent, the report said.

Acer experienced the largest decline in shipments in the second quarter, falling 12 percent year-on-year and 4 percent quarter-on-quarter.

“Preliminary results show a second consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment growth rate decline,” DisplaySearch senior analyst Richard Shim said in a press release on Thursday. “While part of the year-on-year decline can be attributed to a strong first half of 2010, the rising tablet PC shipment growth rate begins to point to notebook PC shipment cannibalization.”

DisplaySearch said worldwide mobile PC shipments, including notebooks and tablet PCs, reached 64.4 million units in the second -quarter, up 10 percent quarter-on-quarter and 28 percent year-on-year.

Tablet shipments were up nearly 70 percent from the first quarter and more than 400 percent from last year, with nearly 16.4 million units shipped in the second quarter. Notebook PC shipments were down 2 percent quarter-on-quarter, but up 2 percent from the same period last year, with nearly 48 million units shipped in the second quarter.

In the notebook category, Dell’s shipments were up 27 percent from the previous quarter as it continued to take advantage of a rebound in commercial market PC shipments.

Samsung’s shipments fell 16 percent quarter-on-quarter because it was unable to build off strong shipment results in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and China, but the South Korean company was still able to post shipment growth from the first quarter in North America and the Asia-Pacific region.

DisplaySearch said that even after removing Apple from the growth rate calculations, non-Apple tablet PC shipments still increased 25 percent year-on-year, shipping more than 5.6 million units in the second quarter.

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