Apple shipped more mobile computers than any competitor in the second quarter, vaulting it over HP to the market lead, said research firm DisplaySearch.
The iPad and Mac maker shipped more than 13.5 million mobile computers in the quarter, nearly 4 million more than HP, which shipped 9.7 million computers.
Apple cornered 21.5 percent of the market in the quarter, followed by HP with 15 percent, Dell, 11.6 percent, Acer Group, 10.9 percent and Lenovo, 7.5 percent. Second quarter shipments show tablet computers are the growth engine for the mobile computer business, with tablet shipments up 400 percent from a year ago.
Overall, nearly 16.4 million tablets of all makes were shipped in the second quarter, while notebook computer shipments were up only 2 percent at 48 million.
“The rising tablet PC shipment growth rate begins to point to notebook PC shipment cannibalization,” said Richard Shim, senior analyst for Display Search.
Global mobile PC shipments, including tablets and notebooks, rose 28 percent year-over-year to 64.4 million, up 10 percent from shipments in the first quarter. Apple shipped 10.7 million iPads in the quarter, nearly 80 percent of its mobile computer shipments and a 107 percent increase from the same period last year.
Taking Apple out of the picture, worldwide tablet computer shipments rose 25 percent year-over-year, with more than 5.6 million non-Apple tablets shipped.