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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 TakinYourPoints on 1/6/2012 7:26:43 PM , Rating: 3
*Any developer that Apple has approved of*

The Mac App Store uses the exact same walled garden platform as the iOS one Takin, and you know this. What are you trying to pull here? Not just anyone can write apps for OSX and sell them, as is the case with Windows.

Yes, you can download and install applications from ANY OS X DEVELOPER, just like Windows. The OS X App store is only one single method to download and install software, but there are no restrictions to get applications from anywhere else. The main thing the App Store provides is convenience (auto updates, single storefront) and security, just like with Steam, but there's nothing to keep you from buying software from publishers and developers themselves either.

Hell, you don't even need a web browser to download an application, if you really want to nerd out you can just go in the terminal and type "sudo port install irssi" or whatever (not that I expect you to know UNIX commands).

You REALLY think Apple manages everything that can and can't be installed on OS X? Unbelievable!

How does that refute the plain fact that Apple has always tightly controlled the Mac platform? And hello! Steam wasn't made available for Mac until 2010!

That's because Valve didn't make OS X ports of their games until then, they weren't waiting on Apple's approval for Steam. Hell, Steam on OS X was released BEFORE the OS X App Store even existed.

And what about peripherals! Why can't I go out and buy ANY video card, ANY optical drive, anything and have it work with my Mac? Because Apple said so, that's why.

Video cards have to do with hardware compatibility. Macs use the newer EFI (which is finally making its way into a few newer motherboards like the high end Asus Sandy Bridge Rev 3 boards), not the traditional BIOS, which means that video card manufacturers need to make separate cards that support EFI. Given that so few people use Mac Pros, and that they're almost all professionals, there is a very tiny market for that sort of thing.

Mainstream devices like optical drives, printers, keyboards, mice, cameras, musical instruments, all that stuff works easy.

I've lost count. Not only would Mac's not ship with Blu-Ray until mid-2011 (way late to the party as usual), but you couldn't even use an external one because, yup you guessed it, Apple wouldn't support them!

Amazingly, you're wrong on both counts: Macs never shipped with Blu-Ray and external ones have worked with Macs since the beginning.

Maybe it's not so amazing, I dunno, everything you've said here hasn't been wrong in an obtuse way that can be argued around, it's been wrong in a really obvious way that even someone with marginal technical knowledge can debunk.

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