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                                                                                 Apple Could Be Leading World’s PC Vendor
                                                                                 In 2012

                                                                                       Apple Could Be Leading World’s PC                  Canalys also predicts that the share for Android-
                                                                                                Vendor In 2012                            based tablets will be boosted by the release of An-
                                                                                                                                          droid 4.0, a.k.a. “Ice Cream Sandwich.” The upgrade
                                                                                 CloudTag: iPad 3 , Apple , PC vendor , Toshiba           of Google’s OS has already shown up in Samsung’s
                                                                                 pa3534u-1brs batteries life , Samsung nc10 repla-        Galaxy Nexus and is expected to appear in smart-
                                                                                 cement battery , Dell battery for latitude d630          phones from HTC and others in 2012.

                                                                                                                                          A boost from Ice Cream Sandwich no doubt would
                                                                                                                                          be a relief for vendors of Android-based tablets. Ac-
                                                                                                                                          cording to research released by NPD on Tuesday, the
                                                                                                                                          combined sales for all non-Apple tablets in the U.S.
                                                                                                                                          for January to October was just 1.2 million units. By
                                                                                                                                          its own reckoning, Apple sold more than 25 million
                                                                                                                                          iPads for the first three quarters of this year.

                                                                                                                                          Notebook sales have also provided a boost to the PC
                                                                                                                                          market this year, with total shipments projected to
                                                                                                                                          reach 211 million, a 10 percent gain from last year.
                                                                                 Apple is likely to outshine Hewlett-Packard as the       Ultrabooks, which are thin, light, high-powered lap-
                                                                                 world’s top PC maker before the second half of next      tops, could spur notebooks sales over the next five 
                                                                                 year, says research firm Canalys, but it’ll need some    years. But Canalys believes prices would have to

                                                                                 help from the iPad 3.                                    creep down sharply.

                                                                                 The entry of those two lower-priced tablets will         “The least expensive models are currently around
                                                                                 dampen Apple’s growth somewhat, according to             $800, a real barrier to mass consumer uptake,” Ca-
                                                                                 Canalys analyst Tim Couling. “Apple has seen its PC      nalys analyst Michael Kauh said in a statement. “As
                                                                                 market share expand from 9% to 15% in just four          more vendors embrace the ultrabook design, com-
                                                                                 quarters, though iPad shipments in its core market       ponent costs should drop and mainstream consumer
                                                                                 – the United States – are likely to come under pres-     prices will be achieved.”
                                                                                 sure in Q4 due to the launch of the Fire and Nook
                                                                                 at extremely competitive price points,” he wrote                          Related stories:
                                                                                 in a release from the company. “HP and Apple will
                                                                                 fight for top position in Q4, but Apple may have to 
                                                                                 wait for the release of iPad 3 before it passes HP.”

                                                                                 Factoring in the growth of the tablet market, full-
                                                                                 year global PC shipments for 2011 are expected to
                                                                                 rise 15% to 415 million units.

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