Apple's spot at the top of the Most Admired Company list mfor 2012 ties it with GE, which also has won the award 5 times. One more win by Apple would put it alone at the top by being awarded the nation's Most Admired Company 6 times. Apple might find itself with more competition next year as Samsung has come out of the pack of Android manufacturers to stand out with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Samsung GALAXY Note. The former has sold 20 million units in the 10 months since it was launched and the latter has already notched sales of 2 million "phablets". With the Samsung Galaxy S III due out this year, the Korean based firm could really be a challenger to Apple and break its streak.
On the other hand, Apple should be introducing its third generation tablet on March 7th. The Apple iPad 3 is expected to have a higher resolution Retina display, a faster processor, an improved camera and LTE connectivity. Later this year, the Apple iPhone 5 is expected to be launched with many looking for a major re-design of the device including a larger screen.