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iPad Shipments Grew By 162 Per Cent Compared To Last Year

Apple is biting off a larger chunk from the global mobile PC market, thanks to the iPad success on the worldwide market. The latest study from NPD DisplaySearch - Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report, reveals that Apple shipped 17.2 million mobile PCs in the first quarter of this year.

This means that the iPad maker managed to reach a 118 per cent year-over-year growth. The study shows that 80 per cent of Apple's mobile PC shipments were iPads, of which the company sold 13.6 million in the first quarter, which ensured the company's 22.5 per cent share of the market.

Compared to last year's first quarter, Apple's tablets achieved a 162 per cent growth. Previous reports suggest Apple's domination might not last for too long though.

On the tablet market, Apple currently holds a 68 per cent share and by the end of the year, the iPad maker could reach 72 per cent. In the long term, Apple will see its share decline to 50 per cent by 2017, due to fierce competition.

The global mobile PC shipments in the first three months of this year reached 76.2 million units. The report also reveals that total shipments have dropped by 15 per cent compared to the Christmas season, but still managed to achieve a 30 per cent year-over-year growth.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.