This is the second year in a row I've been enlisted to help my brother who is still in college find a laptop for back-to-school. The unfortunate cause for this year's purchase was theft, but that's another story. Anyway, I've found it strange that although Intel releases it's new families of processors in June, there are very few latest-gen notebooks in retail for back-to-school season. IMO, AMD is doing slightly better by having a fair number of Richland notebooks available, but their mobile market presence isn't nearly as strong as Intel and they need to figure out how to prevent all these delays
to remain competitive.
Are back-to-school sales not as important/large as I'm thinking they are? It's no wonder why sales forecasts fall short of expectations when your products aren't widely available within 6 months of launch or are delayed. Of course consumers don't get as excited about buying old tech, that's common sense.
So what do you think? Have product delays foiled any of your upgrade / replacement plans or caused you anguish?
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