“Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook doesn’t think much of his competitors at Hewlett-Packard and Dell, slamming his rivals in the personal computer business in front of shareholders at Apple’s annual meeting Thursday,” Brian Caulfield reports for Forbes. “‘Arguably we are the only company that is innovating in the personal computer space, and have been for some time,’ Cook said.”

“Tech tracker Canalys — which factors sales of tablet computers such as Apple’s iPad into its totals — said last month that Apple became the world’s largest personal computer vendor during the fourth quarter of 2011, with 17% of the worldwide personal computer market,” Caulfield reports. “No surprise, then, that Apple Chief Executive took an opportunity to do a little bragging Thursday, comparing Apple’s revenue growth over the past year to its competitors.”

Caulfield reports, “For the fiscal year ending in October, Apple posted $108 billion in sales, up more than 60% from the year-earlier. “‘That $108 billion was $43 billion more the year before, this [growth] is more than HP, Dell, Nokia, HTC, Google, than RIM all put together — not each one, but in the aggregate,’ Cook said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Asked for responses, Dell claimed to be “pretty proud” of unspecified “innovations” while HP cited a CNET “Best of CES” Award for PCs, a show that Apple does not attend.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]

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