Apple retook the overall lead with an estimated 19% share of global PC shipments, helped by strong iPad sales. â€˜There is now a large base of replacement buyers that simply must have the latest Apple product, and the decision to continue shipping the iPad 2 at lower price points has opened up new customers, for example in education,â€™ Evans added.
With the iPad included in PC shipments Apple looks to be unbeatable with a 55% lead in PC shipments over #2 HP. Canalys, like all market research firms, conveniently mixes shipments into the channel and sales to end users. If sales to end users were used for HP, #3 Lenovo, #4 Acer, and #5 Dell the lead Apple has over them would be even bigger.