Although Apple’s iPad could find success, its shipments won’t count in IDC’s Tablet PC numbers since it doesn’t run a full operating system.
Remember when the iPhone hit the scene, and attempts were made to define “smartphone” so it wouldn’t be included? Well, now “tablet PC” is being defined as well.
This is nonsense. Aside from varying definitions on what a “full” operating system is, I’d argue that, as a touch device, a “real” tablet PC must have an OS designed for touch from Day 1. Therefore, “optimized” Windows machines need not apply.
Whatever. The only way for PC makers to avoid being embarrassed by Apple’s runaway success is to try defining Apple out of the picture.