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Apple On Track to Overtake HP and Become World’s Largest PC Vendor in 2012

There is no denying to Apple's phenomenal success in the tech industry. Of course there is the iPhone 4S that has been doing rather excellent in terms of sales, making Apple one of the most dominant, if not the most dominant contenders in the smartphone industry. But what about the PC industry? Well a new report that was published today indicates that Apple is already on track to become the world's largest PC maker by 2012.

iPad and MacBook Air
The report came from Canalys, an independent technology focused analyst firm, indicating that it expects Apple to overtake Hewlett-Packard (HP) as the world's largest PC vendor by the 2nd half of 2012. Although it is worth noting that Canalys counted the iPad towards the PC category citing that it has "radically changed the dynamics of the PC industry" and has paved the way for Apple to become second place in the worldwide PC market. But according to the report, Apple is on its way to overtake HP as the largest PC vendor. In just four quarters, Apple was able to expand its market share from 9 percent to 15 percent.

Total iPad shipment are expected to reach 59 million units before 2011 ends and 22 million on Q4 alone. But with the introduction of the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, Apple's iPad may see some slight decrease in sales. According to Canalys, Apple can only hope to overtake HP with the introduction of the iPad 3 next year.

While the iPad is certainly one of the best tablet device that's currently available in the market today, many will surely dispute Canalys inclusion of it into the PC category. But nonetheless, according to various rumors, Apple is planning to release the iPhone 5, iPad 3 and a new MacBook model in 2012, so it doesn't look like the Cupertino giant is slowing down anytime soon. [via Canalys]

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