The latest figures from Gartner show that Apple is the only PC manufacturer whose US sales in the 2nd quarter of 2012 are not on the decline. HP, the market leader, saw a decline of over 12% in the year on year quarterly results, while Dell, Acer and Toshiba also lost ground.
Meanwhile, Apple saw 4.3% growth in their PC shipments.
A couple other notable things about this latest Gartner report:
– The lack of impact of ‘ultrabook’ PCs is mentioned more than once, as one of the factors in declining shipments. Gartner says they had ‘little impact’ on overall shipments in the quarter. So it looks like these are not competing well with the MacBook Air and tablet devices. And of course tablet devices right now is almost synonymous with iPads in terms of market share and impact.
Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.
If the iPad were included, which doesn’t seem a big stretch if ‘mobile PCs’ are counted in, then Apple would be lapping the field with ease.
It’s especially interesting to think about iPads being included in the mix given Microsoft’s thoughts on the ‘Post-PC era which they shared this week. As The Verge has reported, Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer spoke this week at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference and declared that Apple is wrong abut this being a Post-PC era:
“We believe that Apple has it wrong,” says turner. “They’ve talked about it being the post-PC era, they talk about the tablet and PC being different, the reality in our world is that we think that’s completely incorrect.”
Well, if tablets are PCs and PCs are tablets, guess who’s got a whole lot of catching up to do?