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  • Apple Is #3 Portable Computer Maker (If You Count iPad)


    Apple would be the third-largest portable computer maker in the world if an iPad is put in the same category as netbooks and laptops. That's what Deutschebank's Chris Whitmore found when he ran the numbers for the past quarter, according to a story on Fortune magazine's website. The iPad - which, let's remember, has only been available since April - propelled Apple past industry giants like Toshiba and Lenovo. Only HP and Acer sold more.

    In the note to his clients, Whitmore looked at the IDC global portable computing market share survey for the quarter that ended in June. According to that report, Apple was #7, with 2.47 million MacBooks and MacBook Pros sold. He added the 3.27 million iPads that have been sold since launch, and Apple's share went to #3. ”When including the iPad as part of the NB [notebook] market, Apple leapt over Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell in terms of global unit share,” he wrote. What's more, the sales did not come at the expense of the MacBook; in other words the feared "cannibalization" of Apple's product line did not occur. "Apple’s traditional MacBook business posted accelerated unit growth on a [year-to-year] basis in [the second quarter of the year] despite the launch of the iPad,“ Whitmore wrote. The cannibal went after other manufacturers' notebooks instead: Whitmore found that "the iPad is directly cannibalizing demand for other vendors’ [notebook] products."

    Classifying the iPad as a computer could make sense. It - potentially - does everything a computer can do. The one thing it can't do, of course, is let you run the apps of your choice on it, not without a jailbreak. So let's add that to the pile of reasons why Apple should open up iOS: they could probably own the netbook market within a year.

    Source: MacRumors, image via Deutschebank
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Is #3 Portable Computer Maker (If You Count iPad) started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      If your gonna count the iPad, you might as well count iPod Touches and iPhones.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      They all same idevice
    1. yomamashump's Avatar
      yomamashump -
      At the risk of stirring up a useless debate, I'm gonna say...

      Laptop > Netbook > iPad
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's really good. Consider how popular and cheaper PC are, Apple have done very well.
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      I just want them to make an actual tablet computer.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      No Flash, Not the same !!!
    1. plumoso's Avatar
      plumoso -
      ^not the same
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      If your gonna count the iPad, you might as well count iPod Touches and iPhones.
      no
    1. skolpo's Avatar
      skolpo -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      no
      Uhh, why not? They are as much of a "computer" and as much portable (if not more than) as an ipad. If anything, the ipad should not at all be included in the laptop/netbook category.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      ^Computers/netbooks to iPads is a much smaller jump than ipads to iPhones
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      ^Computers/netbooks to iPads is a much smaller jump than ipads to iPhones
      Technically not as the iPad is an iPod touch with more ram, faster CPU think it's clocked at 800mhz and a bigger screen, nothing more nothing less.

      Notebooks and laptops are not touch (screen) based also laptops and netbooks have true operating systems not a mobile os oh and they also support all media content plus are upgradable and fully open not proprietary (<-- means closed off cant do **** with it (jailbreak doesn't count as this doesn't come as standard)) based like iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

      Also you can't run your own apps on it what if I need Photoshop doesn't work on iPad, but works on laptops and notebooks. (also flash and adobe products)

      Also as stated in post 1 the iPad does everything the others do, so does the iPod and iPhone, do they count, they run all the same apps as the iPad, so if this is based of of what it can run and do then the other two devices should be counted.
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      btw, i dont count the iPad....
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      So all along I thought the iPad was a oversized iPod touch with some ios features from the iPhone like 3G. meh. I wish it were a computer where it had a cd drive, USB port and a OS that you could load software on (not just apps). So in my own definition and opinion and the iPad is not really a tablet computer. It's a freaking large iPod touch on steroids. So for other manufactures to want to kill the iPad. Just produce a similar size device with a desktop/laptop based OS that can also run apps and play blue ray cd's... Whala your iPad killer... Ohhh and great battery and no blue screen of deaths pls...(this means u MS) :-).

      Just imagine what the iPad sales would be if... Ran ios, macosx/win in parallel, USB, mini HDMI and blueray player! Now that would be a bas ***** tablet computer. And make sales go thru the roof IMO.

      Lastly... Love the fact my i4 is JB!!!!!! Sweeeeeet!
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      Another "news" fail. It's really getting pathetic now these days.

      Since when does % growth equate to total sales, or as the title states, "#3 Portable Computer Maker"?

      If I start making laptops next week and I make a total of 1, then next year I make a total of 20, that is a 2,000% increase in sales. That hardly makes little ol' me the '#1 Portable Computer Maker'.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      iPad and android tablets can't replace a laptop or netbook since they have slightly mod mobile OS. So true.
    1. stfudvs's Avatar
      stfudvs -
      restricted os, no USB no cd drive no expandable media slots come on seriously, the upas is cool but it doesn't replace my net/note/laptop than it shouldn't be put in the same catagory
    1. bob moore's Avatar
      bob moore -
      You can't take iPad as a computer!
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      i agree ipad is definitely a graduated touch
    1. heysurreal's Avatar
      heysurreal -
      Quote Originally Posted by skizo View Post
      Another "news" fail. It's really getting pathetic now these days.
      The fail is simply in the graph used. If you read the article they show a different graph which illustrates that in pure volume terms, including iPad shipments, that Apple is the third largest laptop manufacturer in the world.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      No matter how far you try to stretch it, the iPad in no way fits into either the laptop or netbook category. Apple will stay out of first place until they realize that people just aren't going to pay steep prices for inferior products or products with the same specs.