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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 Iaiken on 1/5/2012 11:24:56 AM , Rating: 5
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I guess, if anything, I'm surprised that PC all-in-ones command 2/3 of segment sales.


I am actually surprised by this too, but given the long list of problems that have plagued the various iMacs over time, I can sort of understand it.

My wife was a die-hard Apple lover, but that changed over the course of her 24" Core 2 Duo iMac ownership.

- Yellow screen
- Recurring DVD drive issues ($200)
- GPU replaced ($490)
- Motherboard replaced ($680)

Thankfully those were all taken care of under the extended AppleCare she purchased before we met, but the next part that breaks is going to send that iMac to the junk heap. Then there were the upgrades that I wound up doing because the Apple prices constitute highway robbery.

- 500GB HDD, Apple: $300 Newegg: $129
- 4GB DDR2 PC6400, Apple: $400 Newegg: $54

All prices above were for the exact same part according to the support documents that one of my friends (an Apple tech) provided me. When I saw that and started combing over the other upgrade prices vs retail prices and I am surprised more people don't do this for a living. Even with a 100% markup on parts, I still severely undercut Apple.


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