“Although worldwide desktop shipments are expected to drop up to 15% on year in 2015, the volume in 2016 is only expected to decline less than 7% in 2016 thanks to increasing demand for high-end gaming, professional workstation and embedded-related products, while mini PCs are also expected to see stable demand, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.”
See Worldwide desktop shipment decline to shrink from 15% in 2015 to 7% in 2016Chuckle. The sycophants of M$ clinging to straws around the sinking ship keep hoping for recovery of the monopoly. Example: Digitimes describing a 15% drop in 2015 of legacy PC shipments and a forecast 7% drop in 2016 as “declines”… Meanwhile they call shipments of mini-PCs as “stable” when growth is ~30% per annum. Yeah, they are in denial.
Reality is happening. Most of us don’t need huge expensive PCs to do stuff. Hundreds of millions, perhaps a billion, need only a smartphone to do all their IT. They are free of the Wintel monopoly.
Now, about those mini-PCs. Some of them have 4gB RAM, a built-in flash drive, octa-core CPU, */Linux and gigabit/s+ networking. Are we there yet? Nope. I predict this state of affairs will continue until the Wintel monopoly is a faint memory in the older generation. The young folks have moved on whether the old guys think so or not.
- i68 Android 5.1 TV Box RK3368 OctaCore 64Bit Cortex A53 2GB/8GB 2.4G/5GHz Dual Wifi HDMI2.0 Gigabit Lan2GB/8GB KODI 4K – C$ 103.87 / piece delivered to my mailbox
- Rikomagic RKM MK80 Plus Allwinner A80 Octa Core 4GB/32GB – $263.10 delivered to my mailbox (quantity discount available)
- CS-Q8 Smart TV Box Android TV Box DDR 4GB Flash 32GB Octa-Core ARM Cortex A15/A7 64-Core PowerVR G6230 – $249
So, consumers have choice and Wintel shrinks. I love it.