The analyst firm Digitimes Research predicts that in 2013, Apple is expected to become the world’s fifth-largest PC maker. Apple has released the new iMac, retina screen 13-inch Macbook Pro, iPad Mini and the fourth-generation iPad. Its Mac series products are moving towards thinner, lighter and higher resolution direction. Digitimes Research forecasts that Apple products total shipments will be more than 24 million units in 2013, an increase of 15% than 20.8 million units in 2012, which makes Apple possible to become the world’s fifth-largest PC maker in 2013.
Previously the data IDC and Gartner released showed that the manufacturer who ranked fifth in global PC shipments in the third-quarter is ASUS, whose market share is more than 7%.
The iPad Mini used DITO touch technology and other new technologies, so production capacity will be caused in the early and influence its shipments in the fourth quarter. However, with capacity rising costs will gradually decline, the gross profit margin will increase. Digitimes Research forecasts that, iPad’s total shipments is 65 million units 2012 and to rise to 75 million in 2013, or even 80 million -85 million units.
Apple also announced the upgraded version A6X processor for the iPhone 5 A6 processor. In the case that the basic structure has not been changed, the CPU frequency enhanced then the performance is enhanced. Digitimes Research predicts the overall performance of the A6X processor is six times than Surface Tegra 3 processor that the Microsoft Tablet PC equipped with, and the speed is twice than Samsung Exynos 5250 processor used on Nexus 10.