“Notebook manufacturers are hopeful that the recent debut of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, as well as the forthcoming launch of Windows 8, will boost laptop sales and counter the effect of Apple’s iPad,” AppleInsider reports.

“Notebook original design manufacturers who spoke with DigiTimes said although Apple’s iPad continues to have strong sales, they believe its negative effect on global notebook sales is declining,” AppleInsider reports. “They said that’s because most tablet-style devices ‘focus on entertainment rather than working and learning.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Most. Not iPad.

AppleInsider reports, “The story cites Simon Lin, chairman of Wistron, who said he believes the iPad has created demand for a new market, rather than replacing demand for more traditional notebooks.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopes and dreams and unicorn tears. Pitiful self-delusion is absolutely crippling.

Ask yourself, “What does the vast majority use a computer for?” Web browsing, email, some word processing, and games. That’s about it. Really.

Of course, iPad does all of that and much, much more. Simon Lin is kidding himself to avoid severe discomfort:

When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farms. Cars became more popular as cities rose, and things like power steering and automatic transmission became popular. PCs are going to be like trucks. They are still going to be around. However, only one out of x people will need them. The move will make many PC veterans uneasy because the PC has taken us a long ways. We like to talk about the post-PC era, but when it really starts to happen, it’s uncomfortable. – Steve Jobs, June 1, 2010

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