Apple appears to be on a roll these days. The company in recent
years has become largely identified by its popular
iPod music players. The iPod shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod Classic and iPod
touch dominate the music player market and the iTunes is second
only to Wal-Mart in overall U.S. music sales.
Throw in the iPhone as Apple's "halo" device, and
the Cupertino, California-based company and its marketing efforts are a force
to be reckoned with. Luckily for Apple, its success on the digital player and
digital music fronts is transferring
greatly to its computing products according to Apple Insider.
Market research firm NPD showed that Apple commanded just 9%
of the retail U.S. PC market with regards to sales during February 2007 -- this
also translated to a 16% dollar share. However, February 2008 saw those figures
rise to 14% and 25% respectively.
Sales of Apple notebooks and desktops grew by 64% and 55%
respectively while revenues for each segment grew by 67% and 68% respectively.
While iPod and iPhone crossover sales are likely adding to
Apple's bottom line, Pacific Crest Securities analyst Andy Hargreaves notes
recently launched MacBook Air is building a base of its own rather than
encroaching on existing notebook product lines.
"MacBook Air sales appear to be additive to total
sales, rather than replacing MacBook Pro sales," said Hargreaves. "We
believe a new set of corporate customers make up a meaningful portion of
MacBook Air buyers."
The NDP data also showed that the overall U.S. PC market is
doing quite well -- if you're only looking at notebook sales and revenue. Notebooks
desktops in sales in the consumer space during 2007, and the gap will
likely widen during 2008 -- notebook sales are expected to reach 66% of
the overall PC market by 2011.
The numbers show that this forecast is slowly moving into
reality as overall retail notebook sales were up 20% during February while
revenues from notebooks jumped 11%. In comparison, retail desktop sales slumped
by 5% while revenues dropped 2%.
quote: it sucks that if i actually got a macbook pro (which i think is a pretty nice machine all things considered) i'd be instantly associated with a group of people i despise.
quote: "We believe a new set of corporate customers make up a meaningful portion of MacBook Air buyers."
quote: My guess is that Apple is applying their new guidelines for defining corporate customers: otherwise-unemployed, aspiring artists, musicians, and writers now count as 'corporate consumers'.
quote: "warm and tingly" feeling working on a mac
quote: I built my Windows desktop, yet still prefer to use my Mac for everyday use
quote: It's a F#CKING DOUBLE-MAYBACH OF THE 17" NOTEBOOKS!!
quote: However, when was the last time you saw a new Macbook on sale using a coupon code?
quote: A couple of extra minutes reading might help in the future
quote: ...notebook sales are expected to reach 66% of the overall PC market by 2011.
quote: Apples work right out of the box
quote: compare the spec's and 9 times out of 10, it can cost the same and more to get what you get in a product like the Macbook Pro vs PC laptop
quote: The X300 costs less than the air
quote: That's pretty funny Wintel fanboy bullsh1t, watch it being flushed down the bowl right now.Here's how I do this:1) Go to lenovo.com, check the price, X300 starts with $2866, now go to apple.com, check the price - macbook air starts from $1800 - A THOUSAND DOLLARS CHEAPER than X300. Who's overpriced now, Mr. Wintel Fanboy? Like the taste of your own medicine? :P2) Check number two - go to lenovo.com, configure X300 so that it's more or less similar to MBA - add 1 gig of RAM and choose proper Vista version - LOOK MA, X300 is $3055 now... cheaper? yeah, 45 bucks cheaper BUT... watch my hands... MBA has 802.11n, while X300 has 802.11g!There you go. Puny 1.2 GHz CPU in X300 is a joke compared to 1.8 GHz in MBA, so looks like X300 is only going to be bought by idiots. Who in their sane mind would pay three thousand bucks for an ultraportable with 1.2 GHz CPU when next to it lies another one for the same price but with 1.8 GHz CPU? Well, unless you want that internal Verizon CDMA modem in X300 - that's the only advantage it has over MBA... but... watch my hands again... in this case MBA is ONE HUNDRED BUCKS _CHEAPER_ than X300 with CDMA.Sorry, just had to burst your fanatical bubble here ;-)
quote: Viola! It costs more.
quote: upper middle and upper class douchebags
quote: by the 32nm generation of chips they will decisively move into the mainstream
quote: at any major retailer you can buy you a PC with monitor, a basic software package, a keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc, for under $500
quote: Any day of the week, I can go to OfficeMax or Best Buy or some other store and pick up a fully functional PC for under $500. That's half the price of a Mini.
quote: An Apple runs basically the same hardware as any comparable PC or laptop, has all the bells and whistles, and is super shiny.
quote: Let everyone do the job they do best, dontcha agree?
quote: a $400 Macbook wouldn't do much for anyone
quote: I use a simple macbook and the touchpad is magnitudes better than any windows-based laptop I interacted with, it's a Lexus of trackpads when compared to the cheaper cars everybody in this thread is talking about