Even with the new iPad, DigiTimes forecasts good recovery of notebooks in the coming months

Even with the new iPad, DigiTimes forecasts good recovery of notebooks in the coming months

Much is said about tablets being "cannibalizing" notebook sales, but a survey conducted recently by DigiTimes Research found something different even with the arrival of the new iPad in March.

The stabilization in the supply of hard drives to OEMs in general after the floods in Thailand contributed to a recovery in sales of laptops, which now have very positive future prospects.

New MacBooks Air aside

In the specific case of Apple, the high expectation is the adoption of thinner designs also in the line of MacBooks Pro following what started a few years ago by Airs.

O DigiTimes says (complementing last week's report) that Apple will begin production of new 15-inch MBPs in mid-April, with initial batches of around 200,000 units. The 13-inch model would begin production in June, at a rate of 300,000-400,000 units.