HP CEO Admits Defeat, Says Apple Will Be Number One PC Maker In 2012

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HP CEO Meg Whitman recently said that Apple is poised to be the dominant PC maker in 2012. In an interview with French publication Le Figaro, Whitman admitted that Apple will likely take the lead in the market next year.

Whitman says that HP “will try to be champion again in 2013,” and it seems clear that the company’s new CEO is painfully aware of the mess that HP has found itself in during recent months.

Le Fiagaro asked Whitman about the Canalys firm’s recent forecast that Apple will be the number one PC provider in 2012. The report included Macs and iPads as personal computers, which many took issue with when the forecast was originally published.

Whitman’s response to Le Fiagaro (parsed from Google Translate):

“Yes. It’s possible if you integrate the tablets. Apple is doing 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 be champion again in 2013..  It will take time for the products that I have influence on to make it to the market.”

While HP is clearly still the leader in terms of desktop PC sales, Apple’s iPad is proving to be a formidable force to be reckoned with. To put it plainly: the iPad is cannibalizing PC sales.

The fate of HP’s webOS is in limbo, and the company has even had a hard time deciding if it actually wants to make desktop computers anymore. HP is in a state of disruption right now, and Whitman is trying to figure out how to clean up the rubble and move forward. The tablet market is where HP needs to concentrate its efforts next if it is to have any hope of surviving.

When asked if tablets are comparable to PCs, Whitman responded with the following:

“Not at this time. Internet tablets are mainly used to consume media and e-mails. If you want to use productivity software such as Microsoft, you can not do so. Our studies show that this is an additional purchase that does not encroach on the PC market. This is an important area on which we want to go.”

HP is apparently committed to Windows 8 for its future tablets, so we all know how that will pan out.

Can we finally include the iPad in the PC market share debate?

(via Bloomberg)

  • Peter Reynolds

    Awk! Please, no pictures. Seeing Meg Whitman turns my stomach. Anyone who remembers her campaign for governor of California knows what a creep she is.

  • Jacqueline

    @readers:disqus  my roomate’s mom made $184486 so far just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this web site http://y.ahoo.it/OjyKK

  • Jacob Chandler

    Tablets are not PCs be it an Ipad or other device and should not be counted as such in market shares.

  • Len Williams

    Meg Whitman seems to be unaware that Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer announced yesterday that they will be delivering Microsoft Office software for the iPad. I’m not saying that the iPad is necessarily the best hardware for productivity, but Whitman seems to be out of the loop as regards tablet functionality and Microsoft’s plans. I’d rather use a laptop or desktop computer for productivity, but I know of people who use their iPad for page layout (Apple Pages software), spreadsheets (Apple Numbers), database (Bento), recording (Apple Garageband) and much more. Even though HP has sold hundreds of millions of computers in the past, they are saddled with the problem of having to use another company’s OS–and the OS is the most important part of the user experience with desktops, laptops and tablets. Even though hardware is their area of focus, their designs and engineering of their products don’t even come close to Apple’s products, in my opinion. HP laptops and desktops always feel somewhat cheap and “plastic-y” to me, even when they blatantly try to copy the MacBook Pro and Air.

  • martinberoiz

    I know “cannibalize” is a fancy term to use nowadays, but it doesn’t make sense to say that “the iPad is cannibalizing PC sales”. iPad could cannibalize macs sales, but not PC’s, because they’re two different things. 

  • Shameer Mulji

    Care to provide proof that Ballmer announced MS will be delivering Office for iPad.  From my understanding this is just a rumor, not fact.

  • Corbin Fawver

    YEAH!!!!!!!! FINALLY HP U SUCK SOOOO BAD!!!! APPLE IS THE BEST AND ALWAYS WILL BE AND ALWAYS SHOULDVE BEEN! ??????

  • rick.stansfield

    iPad = personal computer… hmmm.

  • Mike Daniels

    Per households PC out sell cars at about 2:1. Maybe cars will die out and pc’s will take over…

  • Daibidh

    Quite a number of us mostly use traditional PCs as consuming devices.  Tablets do fulfill that roll and for many replace the need for a traditional PC.  Do such consumers just stop being a PC user because their preferred form-factor changes being that it performs the very same function?  Did we have this debate when the first crappy laptops came about? 

  • gareth edwards

    I always hated what HP did to Voodoo and the Palm OS. They wasted the very best chances they had in the last decade to become something special in the PC world. Voodoo had a great following of committed supporters and since they took over Voodoo, it went from magical to something resembling a dying animal tied to a stake in a field waiting to turn to dust and then there was the whole Palm OS debacle where they took one of the best mobile OS’s with tonnes of potential and turned it into digital landfill. I’ve got a lot of sympathy with the people inside HP, there’s no doubt it’s full of clever people but it’s run by complete knobs. Such wasted opportunities boggle the mind. If they can’t make great opportunities work what chance have they got when it comes to making the same shit as everyone else. No differentiation, no quality in a race to the bottom. Goodbye HP.

  • majipoor

    What kind of logic is it? As soon as a significant part of customers looking for a new PC do choose an iPad instead because it fits their needs better, then it is correct to say that iPad is cannibalizing PC sales.

  • majipoor

    It is not about whether the iPad is a PC or not, it is about whether the iPad and PC are competing for the same market. As soon as a significant part of customers do choose a tablet instead of a PC, then it makes a lot of sense to analyze market share taking both kinds of devices into account. 

    For the same reason desktop and laptops are taken into account while servers are not even if they are technically closer to desktops than laptops are. 

  • bondr006

    “HP is apparently committed to Windows 8 for its future tablets, so we all know how that will pan out.”

    How will it pan out Alex?

    4 Reasons Windows 8 Tablets Aren’t Dead in the Water

    http://www.pcworld.com/article

    I will jump on a tablet with a real fully functional OS any day. After having my iPad for a year, I am bored with it. It’s good for watching movies and getting emails, but beyond that it’s pretty worthless as a computing device. I want something fully functional that has an actual file system. I want an OS that controls the apps, not one that is controlled by the apps. Windows 8 will fill that role very well. I like my iMac and mac mini, so don’t bother labeling me as a mac hater. iOS is great for the iPod touch and the iPhone, but the iPad needs a real OS.

  • techgeek01

    Well, their Elitebook series is different.  Definitely don’t seem cheap or plastic-y. I would say durability, reliability exceeds that of the Pro’s and depending on what you want and how much you’re willing to pay, performance can far exceed that of the best spec’d MBP out there.

    Same probably can be said to their top of the line desktops as well.

    What needs to happen is to bring that durability, reliability, build quality to the rest of their complete lineup.  If they do that, they probably be in a much better boat than what they are in now.

  • techgeek01

    Well, their Elitebook series is different.  Definitely don’t seem cheap or plastic-y. I would say durability, reliability exceeds that of the Pro’s and depending on what you want and how much you’re willing to pay, performance can far exceed that of the best spec’d MBP out there.

    Same probably can be said to their top of the line desktops as well.

    What needs to happen is to bring that durability, reliability, build quality to the rest of their complete lineup.  If they do that, they probably be in a much better boat than what they are in now.

  • zagatosz

    With Meg on board, HP will be lucky to stay in business.

  • Steven Zahl

    HP = SHODDY QUALITY

  • Doug Bowen

    she did not admit defeat. thats a stretch. she said “Apple could go past HP in 2012.”

    theres a big difference 

  • martinberoiz

    cannibal: a person who eats the flesh of other human beings. 

    In economy it refers when a product of a company ‘eats’ sales from another product of _the_same_ company. (that’s why they use the analogy of a cannibal)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C

  • Greg Johnson

    My iPad is personally owned by myself, and the best part is that it computes. So there you have it. PC = Personal + Computing = iPad, Mac/GNU/Linux/Windows boxes etc, Android devices, Newtons, Gaming consoles and many more. Remember that Altair was a the first Personal Computer, and all it did was display dots.

  • Mike Rathjen

    Most people use home PCs for web browsing, light gaming, music, video, and social communication. A tablet does all of these just fine, in a package that is small, lightweight, very portable, and turns on instantly. In a lot of ways, the tablet is actually a better choice than a PC for most of things most people use home PCs for.

    Yes if you need to make a CAD drawing or you’re writing software, you’re better off on a powerful PC with a honking big monitor, but most people don’t need to do that, especially at home.

    That doesn’t leave much left for home PCs except heavy gamers and at-home professionals.

    Even as the world population grows, PC sales are declining. Tablet sales are skyrocketing. That says it all.