PC Makers Hope iPad Effect on Notebook Sales is Temporary
AppleInsider reports today that notebook design manufacturers who have been talking to DigiTimes have said that they hope that the recent launch of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, and the launch of Windows 8, which is imminent, will help to encourage more people to buy laptops, instead of iPads. AppleInsider notes that the manufacturers believe that although the iPad continues, and will continue, to sell in huge numbers, it’s negative effect on worldwide notebook sales is not quite as strong as it was, primarily because, in the opinion of the manufacturers, the iPad and similar devices concentrate more on entertainment, “rather than working and learning.” In the DigiTimes feature, Simon Lin, the chairman of Wistron, said that he thinks that the iPad has created demand for a new market, as opposed to taking away sales from the notebook market. Lin also said that he thinks that the global recession is more of a reason for slow notebook sales than is the popularity of the iPad.
Source: PC makers hope Apple's iPad is delaying, not replacing notebook purchases