Apple (AAPL) has leapfrogged over Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) to become the largest U.S. seller of portable personal computers last quarter, because of the popularity of its iPad tablet computer that it debuted last year, according NPD Group's DisplaySearch.

Apple's 10.2 million portable computer units sold during the fourth quarter accounted for 17% of the market, compared to 16% for HP and 14% for Acer Group, DisplaySearch said. Dell had 10% of the market while Toshiba had 9%.

"While we anticipate increased competition in the tablet PC market later this year with the introduction of Android Honeycomb-based tablets, Apple's iPad business is complementing a notebook line whose shipments widely exceed the industry average growth rate," said Richard Shim, senior analyst at DisplaySearch, in a statement.

With its release of the iPad last year, Apple has led the tablet-computer market while forcing companies like HP, Dell (DELL) and Research in Motion (RIMM) to follow suit with their own tablet computers. Global shipments of mini notebooks, tablet and touch-screen computers will surge sixfold to about 122 million units in 2016 from about 20 million units in 2010, DisplaySearch said in October.

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Blame the suit for not bowing before your genius.!!

June 30 2011 at 8:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is not surprising!
Well, from iFunia news blog "HP’s 9.7-inch TouchPad: webOS 3.0 tablet with 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon", I still think iPad will be more competitive, and with the big chain support, Mac app store, iTunes, I'll stick with iPad.

February 18 2011 at 4:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hot iPad promote the sales of other products of APPLE, at the same time, iPad is indeed a wonderful device, I i use my ipad playing games, whach movies, sending e-mail ect. i maily use my ipad to enjoy movies, as i am a movie fan, i purchase a ipad chair and Aneesoft ipad video converter , i watch videos everyday and i never go to the cinema
Learn more about iPad:

February 18 2011 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike freeland

Love the iPad, but tablet sales shouldn't be lumped into laptop sales, yet. Two different animals with their own specific markets.

February 17 2011 at 8:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply