The CEO of HP has admitted that she believes Apple will take over their crown as the world’s largest PC vendor by the end of 2012.
Meg Whitman told reporters in France that HP’s Silicon Valley competitors could leap frog them, echoing a report last month by Canalys.
That study predicted that in the next 12 months Apple would dominate the PC market if the likes of the iPad was included as a PC device.
The research is based upon sellers preparing to count Apple’s iPad as a PC device rather than putting it in its own category as without the iPads being classed as PCs then Apple would not be predicted to overtake HP next year.
Canalys also believe that Apple will also claim the crown as the top mobile computer vendor in 2012 thanks to the presence of the iPhone.
Ms Whitman stated that although she expected Apple to takeover from HP in 2012, she was hopeful that HP would reclaim the number one spot in 2013.
Should Apple take the top spot in the PC vendor market in 2012 it will give the Cupertino firm an unparalleled success rate, as the firm also dominate in the apps download market, the music download market and the top handset maker.
Ms Whitman said: “Apple does a great job. We need to improve our game and our products to take over the leadership position.
“Apple could go past HP in 2012. We will try to become the champion in 2013. It takes time for the products on which I have come to influence the market,” she added.