PC Briefs: Chip sales, Apple

PC Briefs: Chip sales, Apple

Chip sales continue to grow

The global semiconductor industry reached its highest sales in almost three-and-a-half years in May, and was on track to post strong growth throughout the rest of the year, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said in its latest forecast. Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $US17.32 billion in May, an increase of 2.1 per cent, the trade group said. According to the SIA, May is traditionally a strong month for the industry, though on a year-over-year comparison, chips sales grew by 36.9 per cent over May 2003. Sales of optoelectronics devices, digital signal processors and application-specific standard products were especially strong, due in part to the popularity of mobile phones with enhanced display, imaging and data capabilities, the SIA said. Asia-Pacific posted the strongest growth in the month with sales of $US7.21 billion, up 4.5 per cent sequentially and 54.2 per cent when compared year-on-year, the SIA said.

New iMacs delayed until September

Apple will run out of iMac computers before a new model is introduced in September, the company has said. It has stopped taking orders for the current iMac. “We planned to have our next generation iMac ready by the time the inventory of current iMacs runs out in the next few weeks, but our planning was obviously less than perfect,” the company said. Apple introduced the current line of flat-panel iMacs in January 2002. The computers have been described as looking more like a desktop lamp than a desktop computer. The delay means Apple will have to go about a month without iMac sales. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment on any financial consequences the delay may cause.

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