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How Apple became the world's No. 1 computer manufacturer

August 6, 2012: 7:06 AM ET

In this chart, by counting the iPad as a personal computer

Source: Asymco

Source: Asymco

FORTUNE -- Late last week Asymco's Horace Dediu updated some data he has been monitoring for several years on global sales of personal computers -- broadly defined to include tablets like the iPad, the Galaxy Tab and the Kindle Fire.

Seen in this post-PC light, traditional computer manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL) and Lenovo (LNVGY) fall behind and Apple (AAPL) takes the lead as the world's leading computer manufacturer.

The bad news for Apple is that growth in Mac sales has slowed to nearly the rate of the rest of the PC industry.

Click here for Dediu's perspective on the decline of computing's Ancien Régime.

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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