Now below 100 million a year
Beancounters at IDC have added up some numbers and divided them by their shoe size and reached the conclusion that desktop PC sales in 2017 fell below 100 million for the first time.
Details under wraps, will not be shipping this year
During a low-key Mac Pro refresh announcement among a handful of journalists in a white building near its Cupertino headquarters on Tuesday, Apple mentioned details on a new company-branded “Pro” display lineup to accompany its iMac and top-end workstations.
Two 8/6-core Ryzen dies stitched together
According to recent rumors, AMD could be preparing its response to Intel's high-end desktop (HEDT) lineup by launching 16- and 12-core desktop processors based on the same Ryzen CPU architecture but on a much larger socket, and according to fresh reports, these could be based on a multi-chip module design with two dies stitched together.
Sources close to the matter
Ryzen 7 and now Ryzen 5 have launched and they are putting enormous pressure on Intel in the top-level market segment. After a whole decade, price/performance is definitely on AMD's side and even the upcoming Naples 32 core server part will put enormous pressure on Intel’s cash cow in the server market.
Sporting Core i5/i7 CPU, NVMe SSD and 360-degree audio
While Samsung's smartphone division is probably in scrambles now that Galaxy Note 7 had its nemesis, Samsung's PC division is working on a high-end desktop PC system with a cylindrical design that has been spotted for pre-order on Amazon. It's the Samsung ArtPC.
December / CES showcase possible
AMD has never really said that it will ship the Zen this year, the company was always cautious about giving the exact date of the launch. We still believe that the desktop version of Zen will get shown late this year, December or at CES, in the first days of next year. Bench-life thinks that the actual shipping will happen in February.
Server follows, then notebook
At the Q and A session after AMD's press conference, company CEO Lisa Su just confirmed that desktop Zen x86 chips are the first products to arrive for consumers. These will be followed by a server lineup, then a notebook lineup.
Another reason for fewer PC sales
While many have pointed to PC sales slumping because they are lasting longer, there are some numbers which suggest that people are not using their desktops so much.