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Apple To Beat HP In Mobile PC Sales

Apple’s ascendency looks to continue in 2012. If the hugely popular iPad is categorized as a portable computer, it’ll mean that Apple will bump HP off its top spot of lead mobile PC vendor. With sales expected to hit 60 million next year, and the total amount of tablets shipped only a little above that at 80 million, the potential for the change in power is certainly possible.

The revelation comes from industry sources who spoke with DigiTimes. They said Apple is expected to ship a total of 60 million iPads in 2012, out of 80 million total tablets shipped.

When 15 million MacBooks are added into the equation, Apple would ship an estimated 75 million portable PCs in 2012. That would give the company 25 to 30 percent of the global notebook market.

Richard Shim, senior analyst at DisplaySearch, said in a statement, “While we anticipate increased competition in the tablet PC market later this year with the introduction of Android Honeycomb-based tablets, Apple’s iPad business is complementing a notebook line whose shipments widely exceed the industry average growth rate.”

Of course, HP, which is a close second on this list, just announced the HP TouchPad last week to a good deal of positive reviews. A variety of other tablets have hit the market, or are just about to, so we’d love to see what these numbers look like halfway through 2011.

What do you think – can Apple hold on to it’s lead? Or will it only get bigger with the (expected) launch of iPad 3?

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