According to new data from market research firm Canalys, for the first time in 2011 — shipments of Smartphones overtook PCs — including Tablets, Laptops, Netbooks and Desktops – where 488 million smartphones hit shelves last year, while only 414.6 million PCs did.
Smartphone shipments increased last year by 63% over the 299.7 million shipped in 2010. The global client PC market grew by just 15% to 414.6 million units in 2011, which included an astonishing 274% increase in tablet shipments (It must be noted that the count of PCs also includes tablets).
According to Canalys, a total of some 158.5 million smartphones were shipped in the last quarter of 2011, representing a 57% increase compared to the 101.2 million units shipped in the same quarter a year earlier, a total of some 487.7 million Mobiles were shipped.
No surprise, Apple’s impressive end to the year resulted in it becoming the leading smart phone and client PC vendor in Q4 2011, with shipments of 37.0 million iPhones, 15.4 million iPads and 5.2 million Macs.