iPad helps Apple oust HP from top mobile PC spot

Apple has overtaken HP to become the world's biggest supplier of portable PCs, but only if you include the iPad in the figures.

Bean counters at DisplaySearch looked at shipments in the last three months and worked out that Apple shipped 10.2 million MacBooks and iPads giving it a 17.2 per cent share of the entire market.

Former top dog HP shipped 9.3 million units giving it a 15.6 per cent share and dropping it down to second place in the global rankings. Acer (14 per cent), Dell (9.9 per cent) and Toshiba (8.6 per cent) made up the rest of the top five which represent 65.4 per cent of total 59.6 million mobile PC sales.

Toshiba was the only other company in the top five to show year-on-year growth in Q4 2010, as total shipments grew eight per cent quarter-on-quarter and 17 per cent year-on-year, the biggest growth since DisplaySearch started tracking the market in 1999

Taking the iPad and other tablets out of the equation paints a very different picture with growth of notebooks reaching just four per cent quarter-on-quarter a lowly one per cent year-on-year.