Apple Could Be Leading World’s PC Vendor
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
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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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