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Apple: iPad is Outselling the PC

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The fourth-generation iPad. During the launch of this iPad Tuesday, Apple unveiled sales figures for its previous versions. ©Apple
The fourth-generation iPad. During the launch of this iPad Tuesday, Apple unveiled sales figures for its previous versions. ©Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook presented a host of figures Tuesday including iPad sales numbers that would put it ahead of laptop computer sales from some of the major manufacturers.

Forget Google’s announcement that its app store reached the 25 billion download mark in September, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, iPad owners alone have made more than 35 billion app downloads since the device was launched in 2010 – that’s 2664 apps a minute, every minute over the last two-and-a-half years for use on a single device.

And that was only one of the staggering numbers he revealed on Tuesday during the official launch of a host of new Apple products including the long-anticipated iPad Mini and the fourth-generation iPad.

Cook claimed that, to date, the company had sold over 100 million iPads and that the devices account for over 90 percent of tablet web traffic (analysts put Apple’s share of the tablet market at 70 percent).

“This is unprecedented for a new product in a new category. We sold more iPads in the June quarter than any PC manufacturer sold of their entire PC line,” Cook said.

And to illustrate his point he produced a slide showing that in the second quarter of 2012 alone, Apple had shipped more iPads than HP, Dell, Lenovo or Acer had laptop computers.

All further evidence to support Apple’s belief that the PC is dying and we’re moving into a post-PC world. IDC Research released figures earlier this month indicating that global PC sales had fallen 8.6 percent in the third quarter from a year ago.

And although there was no mention of the myriad maps-based problems iPhone 5 users have been having since Apple rolled out its latest operating system, Cook said that over 200 million Apple customers had already upgraded to and were using iOS6.

“This is the fastest upgrade rate of any software in history — that we’re aware of,” said Cook of the figures during his presentation.

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