Apple Top PC Maker in Q4 2011 If You Include iPads

Apple blew away analyst estimates by posting record revenue of $46.33 billion and net quarterly profit of $13.06 billion in the year-ago quarter in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to revenue of $26.7 billion and net quarterly profit of $6 billion.

Apple sold a whopping 37 million iPhones, 15.43 million iPads and 5.2 million Macs in the last quarter.

Research firm Canalys announced couple of days back that Apple was the largest PC manufacturer in the world in Q4 2011 if one counted tablets like Apple’s iPad.

“Canalys today announced that Apple, after reporting stellar results, became the leading worldwide client PC vendor in Q4 2011. Apple shipped over 15 million iPads and five million Macs, representing 17% of the total 120 million client PCs shipped globally in Q4. Overall, the total client PC market, including desktops, netbooks, notebooks, and pads grew 16% year-on-year. Excluding pads, the client PC market declined 0.4%. [..]

[..] Pads accounted for 22% of total PC shipments during Q4 2011. In addition to Apple’s strong performance, the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet by Barnes and Noble boosted volumes in the U.S. market, allowing both vendors to claim spots among the top five worldwide pad makers, in second and fifth place respectively.”

As MacRumors points out, Apple would have managed to become the largest PC manufacturer in the world in Q4 2011 even without counting Macs as HP – the second largest PC Manufacturer is estimated to have sold around 14.7 to 15.3 computers.

Do you think tablets like iPads that offer some of the features of the computer and which finally works without connecting to the computer thanks to iOS 5’s PC-Free features should be counted as PCs?