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Apple iPad Changing Fabric Of Mobile PC Ecosystem

The iPad tablet is redefining the mobile PC market according to a report published by DisplayResearch following a survey carried out worldwide.

Apple is currently ranking third in the mobile PC shipments market globally but managed to fend off Dell, Acer and HP to become the biggest mobile device seller in North America.

The growth was fuelled mainly by the meteroric rise of the Apple iPad tablet which accounted for eight per cent of the total mobile device shipment globally with 95 per cent of iPad tablets sold in developed territories like the UK, US and Canada.

This has prompted DisplaySearch to call the tablet's impact on Apple's fortunes as the "iPad effect". Apple currently lies behind HP and Acer and ahead of Dell but we suspect that Apple is far ahead when it comes to actual revenue AND profits generated PER units sold.

One of every eight mobile devices that were shippped in the third quarter of 2010 had an Apple logo on it compared to 17.3 per cent for HP and 16.5 per cent for Acer.

In total, around 55 million mobile devices were sold in the last quarter, up nearly 19 per cent year on year.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.