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Challenging Apple's high-end consumer notebook dominance isn't proving easy: IHS now expects...

Challenging Apple's high-end consumer notebook dominance isn't proving easy: IHS now expects only 10.3M ultrabooks to be sold this year, down from a prior forecast of 22M. The firm's 2013 forecast is lowered to 44M from 61M, and it's not hard to see a further revision if demand doesn't pick up. Intel (INTC) is hoping lower prices and the arrival of Windows 8 hardware will stoke demand. Weaker-than-expected ultrabook sales could be causing inventory problems for the chip giant.
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  • Windsun33
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    While I see some of the low end Ultra's on sale, some of the higher end ($900+ ish) are in short supply and some are on backorder. Don't know if that is because of an i5/i7 chip shortage, or because most of those sport higher resolution screens which may be in short supply (or both?).
    2 Oct 2012, 11:39 AM Reply Like
  • Russ Fischer
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    I agree.
    I am tired of my boat anchor I want an Ultrabook. I want all solid state drive, the hybrid. I want 3lbs or less. I want 12 second boot. I want 8hrs of battery life.
    I can't find it. Toshiba 935 does it, can't find one in stock in Minneapolis/St Paul.
    Got desperate and bought a Macbook Air. It had all the above AND, for no extra charge, it locked solid five times a day. I took it back to apple after three weeks of agony.
    Back to my boat anchor. I'm surprised there are any PC sales. I wish Intel would build their own Ultrabook.
    2 Oct 2012, 02:21 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    My new HP 14" Spectre Ultrabook should be here by Friday, will see how it looks and works. Well under 3 pounds. Had to wait two weeks, but it shipped today.
    2 Oct 2012, 03:43 PM Reply Like
  • sb8636
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    Totally agree with you; I was thinking the same the other day ("I wish Intel were an Ultrabook OEM: they could get much better volume-based discounts on screens and other components than existing OEMs, much better customer service, maybe even some performance improvements.").
    3 Oct 2012, 04:41 PM Reply Like
  • chungdad
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    Let me remind you again, the "Ultra books" was created for one purpose only: To harass the Apple to use INTC's lousy and grafic poor chips.Now, INTC got this purpose done. APPLE and the consumers see the poor graphics too. But the reality and consequence will come. First, "ultra books" turned to be a joke. Second, INTC is going to be dumped by APPLE, and, by the market. Dirty trics, harassment, monoply schems work may be some times, not forever.
    2 Oct 2012, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • Mrnomad
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    Many prior uses for the laptop are now handled easily by smartphones and tablets. I believe this is called a secular shift, similar to nat gas displacing coal. Therefore, whether the graphics were good or bad, the reliance on a laptop have decreased.
    2 Oct 2012, 02:10 PM Reply Like
  • Russ Fischer
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    Did you type your comment on phone?
    2 Oct 2012, 02:15 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    I don't agree. Try doing any serious document editing on an iPhone :)
    2 Oct 2012, 03:44 PM Reply Like
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