A recent report by IDC and Gartner suggested that some of the leading computer manufacturers suffered a torrid year in 2017 with more and more people turning to smartphones and tablets.
Apple, however, had an extremely prosperous year and bucked the trend as sales of Macs actually increased from the previous year – around 6%.
Of the major PC manufacturers, only HP and Dell saw their sales increase but Lenovo, ASUS and ACER all suffered drops of around 10% during 2017.
Apple is still the fourth largest computer manufacturer in the world and recently introduced the new MacBook Pros that have an innovative Touch Bar. The iMac Pro was also released which aims more at business professionals.
With Xeon processors up to 18 cores and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics performance, Apple says the iMac Pro is the fastest, most powerful Mac it has ever built.
Apple Vice President of Hardware Engineering, John Ternus said: “iMac Pro combines the incredible design of the iMac with the most powerful workstation architecture we’ve ever built.
“iMac is the most popular desktop for our pro users due to its amazing display and elegant design, so we completely re-engineered it to deliver performance far beyond what anyone thought possible in an all-in-one.”
ACER is one company that is keen to fight back, however, and they have already unveiled the Swift 7 laptop which is classed as the world’s thinnest PC and is just 8.98mm thick.
Running Windows 10, the Swift 7 has a 7th Gen Intel CoreTM i7 processor 256 GB of onboard storage and 8 GB of RAM. It also has a 14-inch Full HD display, up to 10 hours of battery life and includes in-built XMM 4G LTE connectivity which means this laptop is always online.