Microsoft is said to be developing its own all-in-one PC that will go head-to-head with Apple’s popular iMac lineup. The machine will fall into Microsoft’s Surface portfolio, according to industry sources who are familiar with the software giant’s plans.
The Surface all-in-one (AIO) is said to be a desktop alternative to Microsoft’s second-generation Surface Book, which has reportedly been delayed until the first half of 2017 “due to delayed shipments of Intel’s Kaby Lake CPUs.”
Digitimes reports the AIO will arrive earlier — possibly during the third quarter of this year. It’s thought the machine could have a strong impact on the global AIO market, which has been diminishing alongside falling demand for PCs.
Apple obviously hasn’t been affected by this just yet. While PC sales fall every quarter, the Cupertino company somehow manages to maintain growth in its Mac lineup with exciting upgrades and new releases like the 12-inch Retina MacBook.
“Global shipments of AIO PCs are expected to drop to 12.6 million units in 2016, down from 14 million shipped a year earlier,” adds Digitimes. Only time will tell whether Microsoft’s new Surface AIO can change that.