If you count tablets as notebook PCs, Apple just passed Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell
Apple is usually considered an also-ran in the global PC market.
But the chart at right, taken from a note to clients issued Friday by Deutsche Bank’s Chris Whitmore, tells a very different story.
Whitmore believes that investors will increasing include tablet computers when assessing market share trends, and this diagram illustrates what that might look like.
Starting with IDC’s global portable computing market share survey for the June 2010 quarter, he has redrawn Apple’s (AAPL) share, adding the 3.27 million iPads the company sold in the quarter to its 2.47 million MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
“When including the iPad as part of the NB [notebook] market,” he writes, “Apple leapt over Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell in terms of global unit share.”