A new report by research firm DisplaySearch reveals that Apple sold a significant amount of mobile PCs in the second quarter. The study includes both traditional notebooks and tablets, and Apple was the leader with 21.1 percent of the market on 13.6 million units shipped. Apple sold 3.9 million more than HP.
Nearly 80 percent of Apple’s mobile PC sales were iPads. DisplaySearch categorizes tablets as “the engine of growth for the mobile PC industry.”
Quarterly tablets sales saw an increase of 70 percent sequentially and 400 percent over the year ago quarter. DisplaySearch also reports that 16.4 million units were shipped in the second quarter. 10.7 million of those units shipped were iPads.
If Apple was removed from the figures, the shipments of other makers’ tablets would have grown just 25 percent over the past year, bringing the total to over 5.6 million units.
Even though Apple sold as many iPads they could build, competitors still have been shipping tablets. For example, HP reduced the price of the TouchPad, and it has been reported that a huge inventory remains unsold in stores.
Richard Shim, a senior analyst for DisplaySearch, said in a release that preliminary results show a second consecutive quarter of Y/Y shipment growth rate decline. While part of the Y/Y decline can be attributed to a strong first half of 2010, the rising tablet PC shipment growth rate begins to point to notebook PC shipment cannibalization.
Apple continues to sees to sell the most of the tablets and dominate.