While Apple has tried to position their iPad as something different than a "PC," the market analyst firm Canalys has decided to post a report on PC shipments for Q4 2021 with an odd twist. They've included tablets into the PC category. And while that's an oddity, the twist was actually very enlightening in ways because Apple ended up in second position for Q4 2021 just slightly behind Lenovo and well ahead of HP and Dell. And that was based on a weak iPad quarter.
A great iPad quarter could have crowned Apple the number "computer" company in the world based on shipments. It's certainly a new way of looking at Apple, to be sure. Click on the image below to enlarge the chart.
The latest Canalys data shows that worldwide PC (including tablet) shipments fell 7% year on year in Q4 2021, to 133.7 million units. Despite this drop-off, 2021 was a bumper year for PCs and tablets, as total shipments for the year grew 9% to just under half a billion.
Despite a 10% sequential increase in shipments during the holiday quarter, the worldwide tablet market plummeted by 21% year on year in Q4 2021. Apple maintained its lead in the rankings with 16.4 million iPads shipped with a 14% annual decline.
In the total PC market (including desktops, notebooks and tablets), Lenovo maintained its dominance, shipping 26.5 million units in Q4 2021. Despite an 8% fall in total shipments, Apple stayed in second place with 24.3 million devices shipped.
HP held on to third place with 18.6 million units sold in Q4 2021, Dell, in fourth position and Samsung in fifth. For more details on this, read the full Canalys report.