Apple likely to past HP as the leading portable computer maker
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Apple is likely to replace HP as the largest portable computer by the year 2012 if tablets are included in the count – reports Digitimes. This is mainly due to the success of both the iPad models. The Santa Clara Company is expected to ship about 40 million units in the current year, which will be about 60% of the expected 60million tablets sold worldwide by all companies combines. The 2012 might be even more fruitful for Apple as the company is expected to sell about 60 million out of a total of 80 million tablets by all worldwide.
Apart from this, Digitimes reports that about 15 million Macbooks might be shipped next year, which makes it about 75 million portable computers – an expected share of 25%-30%. This is in comparison to HP’s expected shipment of 45-50 million notebooks in 2011 and almost non-existence tablet count. Note that HP has a Windows tablet that never really took off and the WebOS powered Touchpad which is yet to gather momentum. There are speculations that a second WebOS device is on the way. Despite of this, the company is not expected to be a serious contender to Apple in 2012.