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Friday, 02 December 2011 10:15

HP CEO expects to be overtaken by Apple

Written by Nick Farell



Meg Whitman should fire herself


HP CEO Meg Whitman has made the bizarre statement that Apple to take over as the world's number one PC maker in 2012 but she thinks the maker of expensive printer ink will bounce back in 2013.

Speaking to Le Figaro, Whitman said that she expected Apple to take top spot from HP although quite how this would happen in the next few months unless HP pulls out of the PC market is hard to see. Apparently she thinks that the next version of the iPad is likely to be the product to tip the balance in Apple’s favour. But since the iPad is not a PC and is likely to be facing problems of its own, it is hard to see how Whitman thinks that Apple will do better.

Her comments follow a comment from Canalys Analyst Tim Coulling who claimed hat 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. Rather than laughing at the comment and pointing out that the day Apple makes PCs that normal people can afford and does not have to factor in gizmos like keyboardless notepads, which will probably be out of fashion by next year, Whitman took the comment seriously.

She said HP will bounce back when “the products that I have influence on to make it to the market,” she told the French daily newspaper. "We will try to be champions again in 2013." With an attitude like that we would think that HP is doomed.

Nick Farell

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+1 #1 markhahn 2011-12-02 17:12
yes, the author is trying to hard to spin this non-news into clicks that he loses the thread.
 
 
-1 #2 Haberlandt 2011-12-02 17:22
Apple is a PC maker? I thought they only made iPods, iPhones and iPads...
 
 
+2 #3 r444 2011-12-02 18:07
Meg Whitman clearly is a megalomaniac and should see a licensed psychiatrist before she is allowed to run any company. It's the same single minded egomnaniacism that led to apple peddling underpowered junk for years missing key technology (flash, blu-ray, cpu's other than core 2 duo). A pc should be targeted towards a separate market niche than a tablet, that is the reason both products currently have separate markets.
 
 
+2 #4 ASilver 2011-12-03 06:45
Nick's comment is valid. A new CEO who claims their company will 'try' to be a champion in a year's time, before they have been knocked down ... should be sacked. How the hell are you going to lead an inspire a company with that kind of attitude?

"Look everyone, I want you to 'try' and work like a champion so the company can try to recover the no.1 spot that has yet to be lost. I try to believe in you and know you can try to do it."
 
 
0 #5 123s 2011-12-04 15:06
Dats the spirit kids. A CEO openly admitting that her company is doomed.
 

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