Apple maintained a strong lead over the mobile PC market in the first quarter of 2012 with nearly 17.2 million units (tablets and notebooks) shipped. That is 118 percent year-over-year growth according to market research firm NPD DisplaySearch. The company’s Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report shows that approximately 80 percent of Apple’s mobile PC shipments were iPads, with an estimated 13.6 million units shipped during the first quarter, a 162 percent year-over-year growth.
Thanks to the iPad, Apple was able to capture nearly twice as much of the market share of mobile PC for Q1 12 at 22.5 percent. Hewlett-Packard came in second place with 11.6 percent of the market share. Acer Group took the third spot with nine percent, while Lenovo and Dell took 7.7 and 7.3 percent respectively.
In the tablet market specifically, NPD DisplaySearch estimates that Apple took 62.8 percent of the market share for the first quarter of 2012. Although Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Nobel’s Nook Tablet came out strong in the fourth quarter of 2011, they both fell in standings for the most recent quarter. Amazon moved from second place to third with only four percent of the market share, while Barnes and Noble fell out of the top five altogether.
It seems like nothing will be able to stop Apple from holding onto the majority of the market. Not even a super low-cost tablet like the Kindle Fire can compete. Windows 8-based tablets may be competition for the iPad when the operating system hits the market. Then again, the rumored iPad mini may push Apple even higher in the ranks for 2012.
[Via: Apple Insider]