According to Digitimes, Simon Lin held forth:“In the past 10 years, the development of the PC industry has had very weak progress because PC players have relied only on Wintel, failing to create their own value. Apple’s products have already shown that the PC industry can no longer solely depend on technology advances, but will also need to understand and satisfy consumers’ needs.”via Taiwan PC industry at a critical moment: An interview with Wistron chairman.
Amen. Relying on M$ to tell manufacturers what consumers want is killing the industry. Otherwise they would have moved to ARM and */Linux a decade ago. Further, allowing M$ to have huge margins while manufacturers scraped by was a huge mistake. It just made M$ more powerful. There was no need for any of that. Hindsight is 20-20 now.
A decade ago PIIIish machines were plentiful. GNU/Linux thrived on them and the price of hardware continued a steady decline further squeezing margins for everyone except M$ and Intel. Wintel got into that position illegally but the governments blinked. The only solution was to get away from Wintel. They see that now. Android/Linux on smart thingies and iOS on Apple’s stuff showed that was a viable solution. Manufacturers took payments from Intel and M$ to avoid AMD and GNU/Linux and Wintel had it all sewn up. That was short-sighted. The cost is a much bigger problem diversifying now that the market has redoubled a couple of times and smart thingies are growing at huge rates and the legacy PC manufacturers face stagnation.