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iSuppli's outlook for Ultrabooks wasn't entirely grim. The firm pointed to Intel's recently unveiled next-generation Ultrabooks, which are slated to launch next year and introduce new capabilities such as support for touch and gesture control, as a potential source of growth. Intel said at its annual Intel Developer Forum last month that 40 touch-enabled Ultrabook designs are already in its pipeline.
Many of these new Ultrabooks will also boast convertible form factors with detachable keyboards, meaning they can be used in either traditional clamshell or tablet mode.
Voice recognition along with new GPS and security features are also expected to come natively with these new systems next year.
What's more, Intel's next-generation Ultrabooks will run on the chip maker's latest Haswell Core processors, which consume less power and deliver greater performance than the prior-generation Ivy Bridge Core processors.