Apple Is Now The #1 PC Seller In The World (If You Count The iPad)

Apple shipped more PCs worldwide last quarter than any other major vendor—IF you factor in tablets, according to new data from Canalys.

Apple shipped about 21 million PCs in the second quarter and accounted for nearly one of every five PCs shipped, crushing competitors like HP.

By Canalys’s numbers, Apple first overtook HP to become the top PC seller in the fourth quarter of 2011, but fell behind HP the following quarter. Now Apple has once again regained the top spot in PC shipments on the strength of demand for the new iPad as well the cheaper iPad 2.

By comparison, Canalys notes that Windows PC shipments have “continued to disappoint,” at least in part because so-called ultrabooks—high-end, lightweight notebooks—still aren’t priced competitively enough to boost demand.

Canalys Apple PC Chart

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