The Forbes report also highlights that, according to DigiTimes, the entire computer segment is expected to remain stagnant throughout the first half of the year. However, it is thought that Intel's new Haswell platform, due in June, will give the industry a boost.
Once that happens, hybrid tablets incorporating touch screens and keyboards, and based on Intel's new Haswell processor, are likely to start hitting the market, and these may threaten the iPad, according to an analyst.
However, Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs claim that putting a touch screen on a Mac would be "ergonomically terrible". Speaking at a press conference in October 2010, late Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: "Touch surfaces don't want to be vertical."
Perhaps Jobs was wrong and the PC-era isn't over, perhaps he was wrong and people do want touchscreen laptops. It looks like 2013 will be the year we find out.
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