Faced with the increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets, PC vendors have to consider developing products that can interact across devices, platforms and ecosystems, US-based International Data Corp (IDC) said yesterday.
IDC forecast that global shipments of desktops and laptops would see a single-digit percentage decline this year, as consumers shift focus to mobile devices.
“HP [Hewlett-Packard] and Dell are struggling to keep their competitiveness in the PC market for the same reason: They both confronted threats from strong demand for smartphones and tablets,” IDC mobile device tracker program manager Ryan Reith said on the sidelines of a market briefing.
“The key challenge to most of the world’s notebook or desktop vendors is whether they could design innovative products that could extend shortening product cycles,” he added.
With fast processors, enough applications, sufficient memory for data storage and suitable displays, tablet products are becoming more popular with consumers than notebooks, Reith said.
However, it is impossible for tablets to completely replace notebooks and desktops, which have keyboards that enhance their productivity, he said.
In this regard, Reith told the Taipei Times that he holds a positive view on Asustek Computer Inc’s (華碩) invention of detachable notebooks — the Eee Pad Transformer series — which have keyboards.
The different operating systems on offer for various tablets pose another problem for consumers in terms of data storage and user interface, Reith said, suggesting that system developers and hardware designers should integrate different platforms or create new products that interact with each other’s operating systems.
“Software and hardware developers need to see the market as a whole, not in pieces. They should all adapt to mobility, while keeping in mind that PCs will still stay in the market as they still can provide a certain degree of productivity to users,” he said.
HEAVY INVESTMENT: Moody’s affirmed the firm’s ‘Aa3’ rating with a ‘stable’ outlook due to its leading position in the industry and ability to match customer requirements Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s (TSMC, 台積電) revenue this year is expected to increase about 21 percent to NT$1.29 trillion (US$44.01 billion) from NT$1.07 trillion last year, driven by strong demand for advanced 5-nanometer and 7-nanometer chips mainly used in smartphones and high-performance computing devices, a Moody’s Investors Service report on Wednesday said. TSMC’s rate of revenue growth next year is to increase to 7.5 percent, the ratings agency said. The company, which supplies 5-nanometer chips for Apple Inc’s new iPad series, has introduced the advanced chips ahead of its competitors and gained a significant share of the market for the foundry industry’s
Shin Kong Financial Holding Co (新光金控) yesterday said that its insurance unit would adjust its investment portfolio after being banned from buying new stocks a day earlier by the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC). “We will research what we can do based on the commission’s specific instructions after we receive the regulator’s formal documents,” Shin Kong Financial spokesman Sunny Hsu (徐順鋆) told the Taipei Times by telephone. The commission on Tuesday fined Shin Kong Life Insurance Co (新光人壽) NT$27.6 million (US$941,722) for reckless investment, and demanded that the insurer reduce its overseas investment ratio from 43 percent to 39 percent. The fine would affect
Taipei Times: When do you think the hospitality industry can return to how it was before the COVID-19 pandemic? How does Formosa International Hotels Group (FIH, 晶華酒店集團) fare this quarter and beyond? FIH chairman Steve Pan (潘思亮): The virus outbreak will have a serious impact on business travel, driven mainly by meetings, incentive travel, conferences and exhibitions over the past three decades. For the past six months, many businesspeople have grown used to exchanging information on the Internet, where more people can participate. The trend might sustain for three to five years until people are vaccinated and it is safe to
EQUITIES TAIEX moves sharply higher The TAIEX moved sharply higher yesterday as buying focused on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) after a strong showing by its American Depositary Receipts overnight. However, the gains were capped after the benchmark index breached 13,000 points and ran into technical hurdles, prompting investors to turn cautious, dealers said. At the end of the session, the TAIEX was up 131.11 points, or 1.02 percent, at 12,976.76. Turnover was NT$206.328 billion (US$7.04 billion), with foreign institutional investors buying a net NT$18.47 billion in shares, Taiwan Stock Exchange data showed. TSMC rose 2.92 percent to close at NT$458.