Your first thought after reading the title would be that there must be a mistake as the iPad is a tablet and it canâ€™t be considered a PC. However, reputed research firm Canalys thinks otherwise and has decided a few years ago that tablets should be referred to as PCs. So, according to Canalysâ€™ data for Q4 2013, Apple has skyrocketed to become the number one PC seller in the world, fueled by record iPad sales of 26 million units.
Canalys has estimated tablet shipments separately, as well, finding out that they have accounted for nearly 50 percent of PC sales, which represents a growth of 65.2 percent from the same quarter last year. Excluding tablets, the PC market has declined by 6.9 percent from Q4 2012. Apple has shipped a combined 30.9 million PC units, capturing 19.5 percent of the market share. Appleâ€™s overall tablet market share increased from 27.3 percent to 34.1 percent from the third quarter of 2013 to the fourth, thanks to the launch of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.
Lenovo is on the second place, having secured an 11.8% share in Q4, followed by Samsung on the third place and with an overall amount of 18.2 million PC units. Samsung and Apple dominate the tablet market, having together a combined market share of 53.2 percent.