Apple pips PC vendors on mobile notebook share

Research outfit Displaysearch has issued a report that said Apple is in pole position, knocking other, more traditional PC vendors into second and third place.

Displaysearch said Apple shipped over 13.5 million mobile PCs in the second quarter of this year, of which 80 percent were iPads. That pushed HP into second position with Apple sales showing 136 percent year on year growth.

Total mobile PC shipments for the second quarter were 13.6 million, compared to HP’s 9.7 million units, Dell’s 7.5 million, Acer’s seven million and Lenovo’s 4.8 million units.

While tablet PCs sales were up by 70 percent compared to the previous quarter, notebook shipments were down two percent compared to the previous quarter.

Acer showed the steepest decline in shipments, falling four percent compared to the first quarter of the year.

Tablet PCs, said Richard Shim, a senior analyst for Displaysearch, were cannibilising notebook shipments. If you take Apple out of the equation, notebooks did, however show growth of 25 percent worldwide, year on year.

But it seems you can’t take Apple out of the equation.