Apple computers have firmly established their identities as anti-PC machines. A quick Google search will turn up years’ worth of commercials in which the tech giant positions its Macs in opposition to the PC in its famous “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” campaign.
If the latest data is to be believed, however, Apple may want to rethink its hostile stance toward PCs. This is because Canalys, a market research firm, has noted Apple could very well sell more PCs over the next few months than Hewlett-Packard or Dell.
Now you may be wondering, what the heck? Apple doesn’t sell PCs. In a way, you’re technically right. But many analysts, including those at Canalys, consider tablet computers to be PCs. That includes Apple’s iPad and iPad 2.
Apple’s ever-popular tablets, which have topped most tech gift lists this season, currently account for about 15 percent of the PC/tablet market. This positions Apple just behind Hewlett-Packard, which holds 18 percent of the market.
Experts are unsure whether the holiday season will be enough for Apple to overtake HP in its own category, especially with increased competition from Amazon and its Kindle Fire. Many are optimistic, though, that the Mac-maker could become the leading PC-maker when the iPad 3 debuts sometime in 2012.