Industry sources are predicting that Apple's new iMac will overcome HP to lead the market in its field, but that's based partly on demand — and partly on the effects of the chip shortage.
Apple's new iMac may get the most attention, but it's not the only all-in-one computer available — and it's also not been the biggest seller. That title has previously gone to HP, which according to Digitimes, sold around 8% more all-in-ones than Apple in the fourth quarter of 2020.
That reportedly equates to HP selling around 925,000 computers in the quarter, as compared to Apple's 860,000. Apple has subsequently launched a new iMac with a significant redesign, so it could be expected that it will do better.
"With chip and component suppliers prioritizing their shipments supporting high-end products, such as the iMac, Apple is likely to overtake HP as the top all-in-one (AIO) PC brand vendor, according to industry sources," says Digitimes.
So HP, for instance, sells tower PCs, high performance ones, and gaming computers, as well as its iMac-like All-in-One range. Consequently if the company directs its limited supply of processors to those other models, it will be able to make fewer All-in-Ones.
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