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iPad 2 Helping Apple "Usurp" Consumer PC Market

Sales of personal computers worldwide are likely to be sluggish in the first few months of 2011 as the cannibalisation process by Apple's iPad & iPad 2 tablets may accelerate.

An analyst report published by Christ Whitmore of Deutsche Bank, says that the "astounding growth" of the iPad 2 caused him to slash his growth expectation in the PC market from 9 per cent to a mere 4 per cent.

He upped his estimates for tablet sales from 40 million to 45 million and reckons that by 2012, around 70 million tablets will be sold compared to its original estimate of 60 million units.

Apple is likely to be the big winner in the short term with an estimated 35 million iPad and iPad 2 models being purchased in 2011 alone.

The company has already confirmed that it will be selling the device in more countries than before; this, Whitmore says, may cause tablets to cannibalise nearly a third of the PC market with the likes of Acer, Dell or HP being the biggest losers.

Speaking of iPad rivals, the analyst says that he remains skeptical "whether the likes of HP, Dell, Motorola, Samsung, and RIM etc can close the competitive gap on iPad 2" although he expects a number of new tablets to come by the end of the year.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.