Bigger than big. Apple breaks free of pack

January 31, 2012

The alpha has roared and it’s just a simple matter of math, adding two numbers together to arrive at one gloriously ginormous sum. Whereas some still argue about whether or not Apple’s iPad is a computer, the bean counters are starting to fall in line with the reality on the ground — the Mac plus iPad make Apple the world’s biggest computer company and not by a little.

Blorge has already made the declaration — Now who’s biggest? Apple blows by HP — yet few have taken up the call. However, at least of the world’s more quotable market research and analytics firms has joined the chorus.

For whatever reason, neither International Data Corporation nor Gartner have not.

Canalys, which isn’t the largest firm of its kind, has announced that Apple has stormed past HP to grab the unit volume crown. Their conclusion is backed by numbers and the math’s pretty darned simple — 5.2 million Macs + 15.43 million iPads yield 20.63 computers sold last quarter that carry the Apple logo, giving the company over 17 percent global market share.

“Currently, HP is pursuing a Windows strategy for its pad portfolio, producing enterprise-focused products, such as the recently launched Slate 2, until the launch of Windows 8,” said Canalys analyst Tim Coulling. “However, questions remain over Microsoft’s entry into the consumer pad space. While early demonstrations of the Window 8 operating system seem promising, Microsoft must focus its efforts on creating an intuitive user experience that is far less resource intensive.”

Perhaps ‘questionable’ is a rather charitable estimation of HP or anyone else’s chances vis-a-vis challenging the iPad in the tablet space with a Windows 8 device — doomed to failure is probably closer to the mark. Still, I suppose there is some room for doubt…

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