∞ Apple will be bigger than IBM, HP by 2012

The founder of Forrester Research predicts that Apple will bring in more revenue than both IBM and HP by 2012.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]Forrester’s George Colony said that HP brought in $126 billion last year and IBM had $99.9 billion, but Apple is the one to watch. With a 52 percent sales growth last year, Colony is predicting big things for Apple.

“They’ll be bigger than IBM next year, and they’ll be bigger than HP the year after that,” said Colony in a Bloomberg interview. “They’re going to be a $200 billion revenue company.”

In the first quarter of 2011, Apple reported a profit of $6 billion on $26.74 billion in revenue. In that quarter, the company sold 4.13 million Macs, a 23 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter; 16.24 million iPhones, representing 86 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter; 7.33 million iPads; and 19.45 million iPods.