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____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Tuesday 17 February 2009 16:03 : \____
> According to an IDC report issued last week, worldwide PC processor unit
> shipments in the fourth quarter of 2008 declined -17.0% quarter over
> quarter and -11.4% year over year. Those tragic numbers were buoyed
> somewhat by sales of mini-laptop netbooks running low powered processors.
> Take out Intel's Atom chips that power netbooks, and processor unit
> shipments declined by -21.7% over the previous September quarter and
> -21.6% over last year's holiday quarter.
> . . .
> In addition to tightening consumer spending, sickly PC sales have also
> been blamed upon weak interest in Windows Vista, which only runs well on
> desktops and full powered laptops. Most netbooks run the simpler Windows
> XP, and about a quarter run Linux.
> . . .
> In large measure, Apple is sidestepping the fate of other PC makers
> because it sells machines differentiated by Mac OS X Leopard. While other
> PC makers are all diving to the bottom of the barrel to offer the
> cheapest Windows PCs at unsustainable prices, Apple is selling a product
> with unique value that isn't available elsewhere.
> Bottom of the barrel? Perhaps it's just the reputation catching up with the
The original writer tries to spin this in Apple's favour, but Apple doesn't
even have netbooks products.
~~ Best of wishes
Roy S. Schestowitz | Open syntax, Open API's, Open standards
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