The PC industry is in decline, unless of course you count tablets. NPD is apparently doing just that, leaving Apple in the top spot among mobile PC vendors.
According to the firm, Apple shipped nearly 23.4 million mobile PCs in the fourth quarter of 2011, which is 128 percent year-over-year growth. Cupertino shipped over 62.8 million mobile PCs over the entirety of 2011, representing 132 percent year-over-year growth.
Of course, these numbers include the iPad, which makes it easy to understand why the rest of the pack is so far behind. The company shipped more than 18.7 million iPads in Q4, which means that nearly 80 percent of its mobile PC shipments can be attributed to the tablet. Apple shipped 48.4 million units in 2011, up 183 percent year-over-year.
This left Apple with a 26.6 percent share in the industry, and three times as many units shipped as the next mobile PC vendor in line: HP.
Speaking of HP, the company shipped 8.7 million units to take a 9.9 percent share. Meanwhile, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo rounded out the top five shipping between 6 and 7 million units each, and maintaining approximately a 6 percent share of the market.
But the story changes when we’re talking about notebooks. The iPad can’t do anything to help Apple there.
HP, on the other hand, takes the lead on notebooks shipping 8.7 million units in Q4, representing a 15.5 percent market share. Dell trails behind with an 11.8 percent share after shipping 6.7 million units, while Acer rounds out the top three also holding an 11.8 percent share and shipping 6.6 million units.
Lenovo comes in fourth with 6.1 million units shipped (a 10.8 percent market share), and Apple falls into fifth shipping 4.6 million units and taking an 8.3 percent share.