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Not only are tablets emerging as a new class of devices in their own right, shipment numbers indicate that they might even overtake personal computers in the near future. In Q3 of 2011, Apple shipped 15.4 million iPad tablets, more than the total volume of personal computers sold by each of PC heavyweights HP, Dell and Lenovo. More recently, in Q2 of 2012, Apple shipped 17 million iPad tablets globally out of 24.9 million tablets in total (Android tablets accounted for 7.3 million of those).
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