Apple‘s long climb back from the margins of the PC industry will culminate in world domination next year, according to one researcher — but only if you consider the iPad a PC.
Canalys is projecting that Apple will overtake Hewlett-Packard as the leading global PC vendor sometime before the second half of 2012. Canalys, however, lumps iPad sales in with PC sales, which makes Amazon a player as well. The researcher predicts that total “pad” sales will reach 59 million units by the end of 2011, a category that includes the Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet.
The entry of those two lower-priced tablets will dampen Apple’s growth somewhat, according to Canalys analyst Tim Couling. “Apple has seen its PC market share expand from 9% to 15% in just four quarters, though iPad shipments in its core market – the United States – are likely to come under pressure in Q4 due to the launch of the Fire and Nook at extremely competitive price points,” he wrote in a release from the company. “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.”
Factoring in the growth of the tablet market, full-year global PC shipments for 2011 are expected to rise 15% to 415 million units.MORE
One of the more topical discussions in Steve Jobs’ biography addresses Apple’s tendency to “employ” a disproportionately large number of workers in China. And that strategy has been fodder for debates on national news networks like CNN because of stubbornly high levels of unemployment in the U.S.
Let’s start with some recent statements by luminaries as politically diverse as Jim Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters President, Donald Trump, and CNN’s Piers Morgan.
Here’s what Hoffa said in a segment entitled “Fixing the Jobs Crisis” with CNN’s Candy Crowley on September 4. “Instead of investing here, everything they (Apple) do is in China…I think the president should challenge the patriotism of these American corporations.”
Piers Morgan made a similar statement this week to Donald Trump, who has been an advocate of making things in the U.S.
“More people were working for Apple in China than in America,” Morgan said when talking about Steve Jobs’ reign at Apple. Trump also had plenty to say about manufacturing things overseas, such as: “You must stop our jobs from leaving this country. We must start manufacturing our goods.”
Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs doesn’t go on sale until Monday, but advanced copies have been delivered to the New York Times, Associated Press and Huffington Post, all of which have been dribbling out telling insights and factoids about Apple’s former CEO.
We’ll be getting our own copy of the book — simply titled Steve Jobs — on Monday. Until then, enjoy these surprising peeks into the life and psyche of the 21st century’s most famous, if not celebrated, CEO.
Steve Wanted to go ‘Thermonuclear’ on Android
Jobs was livid when HTC introduced an Android phone that shared a number of iPhone features in early 2010. An excerpt from the book:
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” He told Google’s Eric Schmidt, “I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.’’ [AP] MORE
Hot on the heels of an earlier Mac malware attack spreading via Facebook links, we are seeing another attempt to infect Mac users on the social network – with what claims to be a sex video of celebrities Rihanna and Hayden Panettiere.
If you see messages like the following on Facebook, please do not click on the links.
one more stolen home porn video Rihanna and Hayden Panettiere
Hot Lesbian Video - Rihanna And Hayden Panettiere!!
Rihanna And Hayden Panettiere !!! Private Lesbian HOT Sex Tape stolen from home archive of Rihanna!
For those who don’t follow such things, Hayden Panettiere played the part of the cheerleader in the sci-fi TV show “Heroes”, and Rihanna is a pop star famous for her umbrella-ella-ella.
Not that you’ll get to see much evidence of that if you click on the link as – on Apple Macs at least – you may find yourself ending up on a webpage which tries to infect you with malware in the form of a fake anti-virus attack.
Has a private lesbian hot sex tape really been stolen from the home archive of Rihanna? Personally I think it’s unlikely, but it’s surprising what people will believe these days (and indeed, what celebrities will get up to) so it’s no wonder that some folks might click on the link.
SophosLabs is adding detection for the various components of this Mac malware attack as OSX/FakeAV-DWK, OSX/FakeAV-DWN, OSX/FakeAvDl-A and OSX/FakeAVZp-C. Users of Sophos products, including the free Mac anti-virus for home users, will be automatically updated.
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