“An estimatedÂ 10.3 millionÂ ultrabooks will ship worldwide in 2012,Â according toÂ anÂ IHS iSuppli Compute Platforms Topical ReportÂ fromÂ information and analytics provider IHSÂ (NYSE: IHS).Â This is down from the previous forecast issued earlier this year of 22 million units. In the newly adjusted forecast for 2012, more than half of the shipments for the year are expected to come in the fourth quarter.
Along with the revised figures for 2012, shipments have also been modified for the next year, projected to rise to 44 million in 2013, down from the older outlook ofÂ 61 million.”
The problem is that a netbook even with a hot processor and that other OS is just a poor boat-anchor. Small cheap computers sell well. Just put GNU/Linux and ARM on them so the prices will be spectacularly low instead of spectacularly high. The ultrabook is positive proof that IT monopolies lose touch with what real people want. The ultrabook and the death of the netbook were products of Wintel. Smart phones and tablets are exploding in popularity because they aren’t. By Christmas most OEMs and retailers should have learned this lesson at great cost. This is the end of monopoly for Wintel.