Santa Clara, Calif. - Apple's iPad has helped the company grab 12.4 percent of the worldwide mobile PC market, according to DisplaySearch.
The 12.4 percent pushed Apple passed Dell, which garnered 11 percent of the mobile PC market in the third quarter. Hewlett-Packard retained the top spot, with 17.3 percent of the market, but second-place Acer closed the gap with a 16.5 percent share.
Toshiba was a distant fifth place, with 8 percent of the market.
The DisplaySearch report gave full credit for Apple's upward momentum to the iPad, noting that the lack of a competitive product gives Apple the edge right now, said Chris Connery, DisplaySearch's VP of large format displays.
However, this could change next year.
"As other players come to market with tablet PCs, it will be interesting to see if they can move beyond the Western-centric nature of Apple's product and develop an infrastructure to support local needs, especially with the growth of consumer spending in China on personal computing devices," he said.