Microsoft Surface Book successor may be postponed until 2017
The Microsoft Surface Book is a respectable detachable in its own right, but its launch last year was at a time of declining notebook sales where Microsoft's unique take on a notebook failed to catch as much attention as the lauded Surface Pro 4. An update to the Surface Book was rumored to launch next month with new features including Thunderbolt 3, but the latest leaks= from DigiTimes is reporting even more bad news for the detachable.
According to the source, Microsoft suppliers have received the unexpected message to postpone production on the Surface Book 2 until 2017 due to design issues found late in the process.
The existing Surface Book has likely not been selling very well due to the lack of distribution channels according to Business Insider. While the detachable carries some impressive hardware, it also launched with a few notable issues due in part to its unique base and handling of a discrete GPU. Meanwhile, sales of Surface tablets have tripled from 2014 to 2015 to 1.5 million units during the first half of last year.