Is the iPad a PC?

With PC shipments continuing to contract it looks like media tablets may be having an impact on Windows' bottom line after all.

Gartner published its estimates for “PC” shipments during the fourth quarter and the numbers continue to show a decline in the size of the Windows PC market. What’s interesting is that the decline in Windows seems to be going hand in hand with the growth in the iPad. So, is the iPad a PC? And what does that mean for the widening “spread” between Windows and Mac OS X?

As I’ve done in the past, I combined their estimates with known shipments from Apple and separated Apple’s performance from the Windows-based market.

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