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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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Domestic/International
By aliasfox on 1/5/2012 1:24:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'd like to see a breakdown of domestic vs international - Apple is very strong among personal purchases in the US (some reports suggest 10% overall non-corporate purchases, if not somewhat higher), but weak internationally. It's highly probable that companies like Sony and Toshiba have much of the Japanese market, for example.

I wouldn't mind an iMac in my studio apartment. They're decently powerful (quad core, reasonable dedicated graphics) as it's been pointed out, the 27" 2560 x 1440 IPS display is $800+ by itself from any vendor - but two things bother me about it:

- Apple implements their HDD temperature sensor in a way that's non-standard. If your original HDD fails, you can plug a generic one in, but the internal fans will always be at maximum speed. Or you can get an Apple modified one for 3x the price.

- The newest implementation of the mini-DP/Thunderbolt port means that only Thunderbolt equipped machines can output video to the 27" IPS display - right now, that's a very, very slim list of machines.




RE: Domestic/International
By mellomonk on 1/5/2012 2:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
You need to do a google search when swapping the HDD. In previous gens of iMacs it was a matter of swapping the temp sensor leads or jumpering them. The other solution is to use the SMCfancontrol software. A minor pain, but not a deal breaker.

Apple is seeing great growth PC-wise overseas, though the numbers do still lag behind the domestic numbers somewhat. And it is overseas where you see the majority of all-in-ones. I've seen entire offices full of them in Shanghai. I think they are probably a little more realistic in what a given employee needs PC wise. I've also seen offices full of laptops, not a desktop in site.

The all-in-one will likely be the form factor of the future. Just like TVs and other commodity electronics they will be built to be cheap and disposable, or at least recyclable. The pace of 'effective' hardware innovation is slowing and hence useful life is extending. The laptop is already surpassing the desktop in sales and generations of folks are growing up with the concept of scrapping or re-purposing and buying new. The vast majority of 'upgrades' nowadays are just RAM or HDD. There will always be a tiny market of enthusiast boards and discrete graphics, but it will be a tiny fraction at best and be pricey compared to the commodity mainstream. Sure there are negatives, but the handwriting is on the wall. When is the last time you swapped a tube out on your TV? Or even called a TV repairman?


RE: Domestic/International
By aliasfox on 1/5/2012 3:01:52 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, don't get me wrong - I believe the all-in-one is the best 'everyman' computer. We have laptops at work that don't really go anywhere (we can take them home, but there generally isn't that expectation), and considering most people don't replace anything on their own anyway, it's not a big deal in most corporate/home settings.

As for the iMac HDD, I've done the research, and everything I've found sounded kludgy. I just find it annoying given that if one component were to fail, it would be the HDD. I was considering a refurbed 2010 iMac 27" earlier this year... the hard drive was the sticking point, as well as only one DP port - I would've wanted two (one to output to the TV, one to input from the old tower). That, and I finally decided that I really didn't do anything at home that warranted a new computer. And if you're wondering, I'm running a dual processor Power Mac G4. From 2002. With original HDD (+ two more)...


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