∞ Apple could become leading global PC vendor in 2012

Market research firm Canalys on Monday said it expects Apple to overtake HP and become the world’s leading PC vendor before the second half of 2012.

Canalys counts iPad as PCs and says that tablets the category has “radically changed the dynamics of the PC industry over the last year.” In fact, iPad sales have put Apple in second place in 2011 PC shipments for the third-quarter.

“Apple has seen its PC market share expand from 9% to 15% in just four quarters, though iPad shipments in its core market – the United States – are likely to come under pressure in Q4 due to the launch of the Fire and Nook at extremely competitive price points,” said Canalys Analyst Tim Coulling. “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.”

Research from Canalys indicates PC sales should reach 415 million, up 15 percent over last year.

  • HP appears to be doing a great deal to help make this happen.

    • Anonymous

      True, but Dell isn’t exactly stepping up into the void.

      • None of these other supposed heavyweights are.

  • People have to stop considering Apple a computer company. They’ve morphed into a consumer electronics company that happens to have computers as part of their product line.

  • Anonymous

    In my lifetime till now…

    Every human being I know, if they will say – I need to buy a PERSONAL COMPUTER, they are pertaining it to LAPTOPS and DESKTOP…

    As far as I know, IPAD is half ass tablet with applications floating around the screen…

    So this survey is legitimately stupid…

    This is pathetic and were always believing whatever APPLE tell us… Even my GALAXY NEXUS can do more than iPad BUT NEVER I CALL IT A PC…

    Only istupid and imoron will believe on this…

    • Anonymous

      It doesn’t matter what you call it. A growing number of people are using it to do the things they used to use a desktop computer for.

      As far as you know, which isn’t much of a distance, applications float around in laptops and desktops because of the deserved popularity of of the GUI.

      Oh and your Galaxy Nexus IS a small computer that also happens to be a very large phone with a nice screen.