“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.”

–Research firm Canalys, which today announced it’s expecting Apple to overtake HP and become the leading global PC vendor┬ábefore the second half of 2012 (PCs meaning “personal computers” and thus including tablets). Also: Canalys says it expects 2011 global PC shipments (again, counting tablets) to reach 415 million, a 15% increase it attributes to a surge in tablet sales.

Apple on track to become leading global PC vendor [Canalys]

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