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  (Source: geekandhype.com)
Lenovo is expected to surpass Apple in 2012

While Apple seems to be doing well in the mobile department with its iPhone and iPad devices, a recent report shows that the tech giant is also seeing some successful sales numbers with its all-in-one iMac desktop.

According to DisplaySearch, a California-based research firm, Apple is ahead of the all-in-one PC game accounting for 32.9 percent of shipments in the third quarter. Lenovo followed with 22.7 percent of all-in-one sales in the third quarter, and Hewlett-Packard (HP) fell in third place with 21.4 percent.

The all-in-one PC market grew 39 percent to 14.5 million units globally last year. According to Chris Connery of DisplaySearch, all-in-ones are an area of the desktop market that will continue growing, and tech companies should focus on them.

DisplaySearch said the all-in-one market could grow to 23.3 million units by 2014.

While Apple's iMac has nearly a third of the all-in-one market, this isn't expected to last long. According to DigiTimes, 2012 will put Lenovo in first place while Apple slides to second. Apple's share is expected to fall to 24 percent with 3.8 million iMac sales while Lenovo is expected to sell 4 million all-in-one units this year.

HP is also looking to do some catching up by releasing some new members to its all-in-one family. For instance, HP will sell the HP Omni all-in-one PC starting January 8. The HP Omni starts at $1,200 and offers a 27-inch screen, Beats Audio technology, HDMI HD TV connection, optional Blu-ray disc drive and more.

According to Cult of Mac, Apple is also looking to revamp its all-in-one iMac this year with a 22-nanometer Ivy Bridge platform.

Sources: Bloomberg, Cult of Mac



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RE: Makes sense
By SurreDeth on 1/5/2012 11:07:11 AM , Rating: 4
Nah, you can use iMacs as external monitor for another computer.


RE: Makes sense
By mcnabney on 1/6/2012 10:23:11 AM , Rating: 3
A functional iMac can be used as an external display if both computers have a Thunderbolt connection. If anything goes wrong with the computer portion of the iMac, this won't work. This also means dead iMacs generally take a fully functional 2560x1440 IPS display to their grave with them.


RE: Makes sense
By TakinYourPoints on 1/6/2012 7:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
Depends. The 2011 iMacs require a Thunderbolt connection to display an external signal, older ones don't. I use one as the main display for my PC. Easy switch between work and games on a really excellent display.

Your argument seems to hinge quite a bit on iMacs dropping dead. You might as well worry about being hit by a car as an excuse not to cross the street.


RE: Makes sense
By TakinYourPoints on 1/6/2012 7:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
Depends. The 2011 iMacs require a Thunderbolt connection to display an external signal, older ones don't. I use one as the main display for my PC. Easy switch between work and games on a really excellent display.

Your argument seems to hinge quite a bit on iMacs dropping dead. You might as well worry about being hit by a car as an excuse not to cross the street.


RE: Makes sense
By BZDTemp on 1/6/2012 4:31:49 PM , Rating: 2
Sort of and ONLY by running the iMac as a whole. It's not like you can turn on just the TFT part of the thing (I checked this out since if you could the 27" model was a pretty good deal compared to getting a Dell u2711).


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