DigiTimes reports that when tablets are taken into account, Apple is likely to replace HP as the number one portable computer vendor in 2012. If tablet sales continue to soar, Apple is expected to sell a total of 75 million laptops and tablets in 2012, while HP is expected to ship around 45-50 million units this year.
Global shipments of tablet PCs are expected to top 60 million units in 2011 with shipments from Apple likely to total 40 million units for a 60% share. And now some market research firms have predicted global tablet shipments are to top 80 million units 2012 with iPads accounting for 60 million units.
Additionally, Apple is also likely to ship 15 million MacBooks in 2012, bringing its combined shipments of notebooks and tablets to a total of 75 million units, accounting for 25-30% of the global notebook market, the sources estimated.