Apple is expected to become world’s number one personal computer manufacturer in 2012; undoubtedly, it impacts more when the world’s top PC manufacturer’s CEO states so. In an interview with Le Figaro-a French newspaper HP’s chairman, Meg Whitman, said that in next year Apple could achieve number one position in the PC manufacturing industry but HP would try to become champion by 2013.
In an interview, the chairman of the HP focused on the weakness as well as the strong points of the company. In recent years, company’s growing weakness stalled its business and its present CEO believes that the company has resilience to attain the top position in the market.
In last couples of months, the company had decided to separate themselves from the PC manufacturing but now the it has rolled back the decision. On this issue, Meg Whitman said that it was hard for her to decide whether company should proceed its past business or not. For this, she made two teams having hundred people in each and assigned the task to find out the reason why to separate the PC manufacture to first team while the other team had job to find the reason for its preservation.
However, the company hasn’t made any remarks over its operating system WebOS but she said that the company would announce its final decision in the next two weeks.
HP is well known manufacture of PCs, printer, server and also lineup of specialized advanced equipments, software and services. Last year, company had launched its Window 7-based Slate PC to compete with Apple’s iPad which was unfortunately thumb downed by market. Response remained the same for its other Tablet devices running on the Microsoft Windows 7. After repudiation, the company decided to manufacture WebOS powered Touchpad which again failed to make its presence in users’ mind.
Though, company might launch its Windows 8-based tablets in some time next year – as said by the CEO in the interview – but I don’t think it would be much beneficial for the company in the presence of strong competitors like iPad, Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom.
However, Tim Couling – an Analyst at Canalys — says “Apple has seen its PC market share expend from 9% to 15% in just four quarters, though iPad shipments in the core market—the United States—are likely to come under pressure in Q4 due to launch of Fire and Nook at extremely competitive price points. HP and Apple will fight for top position in Q4, but Apple may have to wait for the release of iPad 3 before it passes HP.”
Above than all, it’s been anticipated that Android-based Tablet devices, and also the upcoming Intel’s Ultrabook, might clinch Apple’s market share and its supremacy in the market. The reason is quite simple – Price Tag of Ultrabook and Android based tablet device which is suppose to be quite competitive. And, we should not forget that majority of users be very price sensitive.