Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) remained at the top in PC sales globally but slipped to second position, after Lenovo Group Limited (ADR)(OTCMKTS:LNVGY), in tablet segment, according to Canalys, which incorporates tablets in its quarterly ranking of PCs.
Apple leads but need to work
In the second quarter, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) topped the charts among PC vendors, but it suffered loss in share by more than 2 percent to 17.1 percent due to the decline in PC shipments, according to Canalys. Android tablets have maintained a lead on Apple, according to the numbers from Canalys report. Desktop and notebooks only contributed around 20 percent of total shipments of Apple PC.
iPad shipments for sure have come down, but it still is the top contributor of profits for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). iPad demand is one of the most important growth drivers for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) especially when PC shipments are said to have contributed only 20 percent on the profits in the company for the second quarter.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will have to roll in new models if it wants to lead the market share. Additionally, the iPhone maker should also do innovations as other tablet makers are rapidly expanding their shares, according to Canalys.
Lenovo, HP gaining
Lenovo tablets are gaining popularity in the market after their traditional PCs showed strong hold in the market and gained in shipment.
“Lenovo is on an upward curve with its tablets, expanding in mainland China and Latin America, where there is little competition from the likes of Google or Amazon,” Canalys Analyst James Wang said in a statement.
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) came at the third place overpowering Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd (LON:BC94) (KSE:005930) in the quarter. HP has now launched two Android tablets: the $140 Slate 7 and the $480 SlateBook x2 hybrid. According to Canalys, Analyst Pin-Chen Tang, HP has broad enterprise portfolio, channel relationship and worldwide reach compared to others.
Tablets outperforming desktops and notebooks
Globally, rate of growth in PC shipments remained stagnant in the quarter and tablet shipments saw 42.9 percent increase which was counterbalanced by a drop in desktop and notebook shipments at 7.4 percent and 13.9 percent respectively. Growth in tablets has come down in the second quarter but according to Canalys it will outperform notebooks by the fourth quarter.
Android held 17 percent of total PC market share in the second quarter compared to 6 percent in the previous year. Windows has also gained traction and companies like HP, Lenovo, Toshiba and Acer have rolled out their PC on the new form factor.