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Microsoft is buying Nokia's handset business. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/09/02/business/ap-us-microsoft-nokia.html?src=busln
While the PC market is contracting, by about 10% annually, 300M+ PC's are sold every year. Tablets are Smartphones are taking on more traditional computing tasks, but PC's and Mac's are still a viable market. Consumers and Businesses are pushing upgrade cycles from 3-5 years to 5-7 years. I hope Apple will become more agressive in pricing Macintosh in the future. My 7 year old MacBook Pro is waiting to be upgraded
No surprise here. Apple's business model will prevent it from ever gaining significant marketshare. Windows 8 blows, IMHO, but that won't prevent it from gaining share especially as OEM's are forced to bundle on their new PC's. Windows 7, however will be the dominant PC operating system for the next few years...
I doubt this will help Microsoft's fortunes much. While it was/has been clear that Microsoft needed new leadership, the company's adherence to 'Windows Everywhe' is a big cause of it's stagnation. My guess is the final straw was the Windows 8/Surface debacle...
They will likely have nVidia discrete GPU on the higher-end model especially if 4K graphics are part of the upgrade. 4K would also imply Thunderbolt 2. PCIe SSD and 802.11ac will definitely be part of the package. Waiting to replace my trusty 2006 15" MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo).
I think what this demonstrates is that Apple is not immune to the new realities of the personal computer market. The market is forecast to contract at least another 10% and they simply don't want to want to get stuck with unsold inventory. Intel's release of Haswell has been staggered with full availability not expected until the Fall. This is the primary reason Apple's updated MBP's will not see the light of day until at least September. Apple, of course, is in a fairly...
It will be interesting to see how well the upcoming Haswell-based rMBP compares to this http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/18/dell-precision-m3800-workstation-leak/
I would expect that in addition to Haswell, the new MacBook Pro's will have faster WiFi and PCIe SSD. It will be interesting to see if Apple offers a discrete GPU, on the 15" model or goes with Haswell's integrated graphics like the current (and likely future) 13" model...
The Surface is an utter failure as a tablet because it's NOT a tablet. It's a Windows PC with a removable touch screen. Besides not being very good at building PC's (don't even get me started on Windows 8) Microsoft has violated the 'prime directive' by competing directly with their OEM partners especially Dell and HP. Then there's the issue of Pro vs. RT and having multiple versions of the same application making it extra challanging for developers. IMHO, Microsoft has...
Apple's positioning as a 'premium' brand means they will continue to loose marketshare as the traditional desktop/laptop market declines. Also, they only recently updated the MacBook Air so this will have little impact on Q2 and they've not upgraded the MacBook Pro or Mac Pro in a while. Fortunately, Apple is still dominant in Smartphones and Tablets, an enviable position that the likes of HP, Dell, and Lenovo wish they had...
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