From InfoWorld: Apple sold more PCs worldwide last quarter -- 21 million -- than any rival, retaking the lead it lost the quarter before, U.K.-based Canalys said yesterday. And because Microsoft lacks a tablet operating system, sales of Windows-powered PCs fell to an all-time low as a percentage of total sales.
Unlike other research firms, Canalys counts tablets 7 inches or larger as PCs, figuring that they're used for many of the same purposes as a notebook or even a desktop. Using that definition, Apple, which sold 17 million iPads and 4 million Macs during the period that ended June 30 -- shot to the top of the chart.
Apple regained the No. 1 position in the second quarter after ceding it in the first to Hewlett-Packard. The Cupertino, Calif., maker of Macs and iPads had last been the world's top-selling PC seller in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Canalys pegged Apple's 21 million units as 19 percent of the sales share, well above both HP and Lenovo, the No. 2 and 3 manufacturers, which each sold approximately 13 million PCs for a 12 percent share. Rounding out the top 5 were Acer and Dell, with unit sales of 10.6 and 9.6 million, respectively.
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