Friday, July 1, 2011

Apple likely to dethrone HP as leading portable PC vendor

Apple is likely to replace Hewlett-Packard (HP) as the global number one notebook vendor in 2012 if tablet PCs are included in the calculation of global notebook shipments, according to industry sources.

Global shipments of tablet PCs are expected to top 60 million units in 2011 with shipments from Apple likely to total 40 million units for a 60% share. And now some market research firms have predicted global tablet shipments are to top 80 million units 2012 with iPads accounting for 60 million units.

Additionally, Apple is also likely to ship 15 million MacBooks in 2012, bringing its combined shipments of notebooks and tablets to a total of 75 million units, accounting for 25-30% of the global notebook market, the sources estimated.

HP shipped 40 million notebooks in 2010 and is expected to ship 45-50 million units in 2011, noted the sources, adding that HP will not be able to compete with Apple for the tops title in 2012 based on its performance in 2010 and 2011.

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