> With the money they had made from phones, they could have become a major player.
Microsoft thought along these lines, with their phones.
But the PC market is shrinking. Why would you take money from a good business to invest in a bad business with small ROIs?
I got a 2012 i7 in 2014, about 6 months before the 2014s landed. So I'm covered until 2019 or so, whenever the hardware gets obsoleted and no new OSs work on it.
I like its ability to drive a 2560x1600 display and a 1920x1200 on HDMI.