You may remember that we recently reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was fast gaining ground in the Personal Computer market league table for who was the biggest computer manufacturer. At the time they were sitting around 5th place, but very close to 3rd and 4th, and some expect them to overtake those and perhaps move into 2nd or even 1st place in the PC sales league table as early as this year.
However, when you include the iPad in global computer sales figures then Apple is actually already the worlds third largest computer manufacturer. There is no doubting that iPad is a computer, but then so are the iPhone and the iPod Touch for that matter. I wonder how the figures would look if you included those too!
Nonetheless, even if you include all the tablets that all of Apple’s rivals make in their figures too (which is only fair!) Apple is a very solid third place, only a couple of percentage points behind Acer who have 13.6% of the global market, and a mere 6% behind HP in 1st, who have 18.7%.
If Apple continues to dominate the tablet marketplace in 2011 it is quite likely that they will be the number one computer manufacturer in the world for profits, penetration, and consumer satisfaction this side of Christmas.
What do you think? Apple for world domination in 2011? Have your say in the comments…