According to a report on Bloomberg titled “Intel pushes Haswell Chips at Computex Fighting PC Slump”, it clearly states that PC markers are now betting on Intel Haswell to restore demand to an ailing PC market reeling from consumers abandoning laptop computers for tablets.
Haswell, as we all know delivers more battery life than the previous generation. In fact the desktop version’s performance is just on par with the previous except some minor performance gains overall.
While the report used the term Haswell quite loosely, it is very clear that Intel is gearing towards the tablet and portable devices. They themselves are well aware of the declining sales of PCs in the past years and consumers are moving towards more portable devices.
Unfortunately, Intel has yet to make much in roads into the tablets as it is well dominated by Qualcomm processors.
The report is also a bit strange that it claimed that they are betting on Haswell as a tablet processor yet we are seeing announcements by various companies powering their new tablets by Intel Atom.
Anyway, it proves one thing, desktop processors are on the decline and would serve a niche customer base, be it gamers, overclockers. It would still be widely used in office and academic. Desktops are here to stay but it will take a few years before the masses convert to Haswell (especially the second group of users).