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

|By:, SA News Editor

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.