A new analysis (via AppleInsider) from Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company said that PC education shipments saw a decrease of 265,000 units, or 13.9 percent, from the June quarter a year ago. During the same time period, Apple sold nearly a million iPads in the K-12 market in June, which he said is “definitive evidence” that the iPad has been “cannibalizing” PC sales in the U.S. education market.
The market data from the June quarter shows that for the first time ever, Apple’s iPad is replacing sales of PCs to schools and students. iPad sales in the June quarter were double from the previous year. The iPad also sold nearly double the number of Macs Apple sold to the education market during the same quarter.
Wolf believes that the sales of the iPad in the education market are only the beginning and will begin to put a dent in PC sales in other larger markets in the near future. Welcome to the “post-PC era”, folks.