Last week, Apple announced record-breaking results for its latest quarter, selling more iPhones and iPads in the three month period than ever before. In fact, the sales of iPhone, especially iPhone 4S made Apple the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world (by volume).
The sales of iPad, tablet manufactured by Apple, had a similar effect on its position in the computer industry. According to a report published in New York Times, Apple is biggest manufacturer of PCs in the world. The same Apple, that announced that proclaimed the current era of technology as a “Post-PC” era.
Citing a report from Canalys research firm, The NYT reported:
“The 15 million iPads and five million Macintoshes that Apple sold during the period accounted for 17 percent of the approximately 120 million PCs shipped during the fourth quarter, Canalys said. The firm said tablets — Canalys calls them “pads” — accounted for 22 percent of total PC shipments during the fourth quarter, with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook included.”
This assumption is based on the belief that tablets belong in the PC category, which might sound debatable to many as “PC” generally refers to Windows computer. Many think that only full-blown desktop computers and laptops can be described as personal computers. However, the term “Personal Computer” transcends hardware.
As TechCrunch’s MG Siegler has said, “”PC” is about how people use and interact with computers, not what it looks like. Who cares what it looks like?” He also pointed out that the transition from laptops to tablets was very similar to the move from desktops to laptops we saw way back when, which was a fair comparison.
Thus, this proves that an iPad can considered as a form of PC and now, Apple is the largest manufacturer of both smartphones as well as computers in the world.
Source: iDownload Blog