computer lineup, with the exception of the new
i7 iMacs, is rather dated. The problem is particularly
severe in the MacBook Pro series, whose hardware currently trails
even drastically cheaper models from competitors like ASUSTek.
Apple also has the difficulty of contending with an increasingly
popular Windows 7 (while Apple supports Windows 7 via Boot
OS X to be the "better" operating system has been
a time-honored Apple advertising technique).Despite these
hurdles, Apple is posting surprisingly good sales according
to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster. He and his fellow
analysts are predicting the quarter that ends in March to be an epic
success for Apple.He personally predicts Mac sales to rise
over 35 percent on a year to year basis. In January and
February, his numbers indicated sales to be up 39 percent.
These numbers are significantly higher than the still-optimistic
average prediction of a 22 percent rise. In total Munster
expects 2.8 or 2.9 million Macs to sell over the quarter.Even
better for Apple, iPod sales are predicted to finally be up as well.
The iPod lineup was refreshed in
the fall with the entire lineup receiving major changes, with the
exception of the iPod classic, which had a minor capacity bump.
Munster predicts iPod sales to rise 7 percent, to reach 9 or 10
million units.The optimism is diminished slightly by the fact
that the gains were made easier by Apple's recessionary sales
losses. Last January through May, Apple's Mac
sales dipped, and only recovered towards the end of the year with
a very strong holiday season. IPod sales fared even worse last
year, posting an entire year of decreases, a trend that only appears
to have reversed since January.Looking ahead, there's much to
be optimistic about for a recovering Apple; the iPad launches in
April, an iPhone update is coming over the summer, and a
MacBook/MacBook Pro refresh should be coming soon as well.
quote: Why do people even reply to reader1?
quote: the back doors will open and we'll pretty much be able to do whatever we like with 'our' phones
quote: Does it mean you guys will bash WinMo7 phones just like you bash iPhone now?
quote: Because personal attacks are the best form of denial. When you or any other wintroll starts to attack me or tony swash or reader1 or koolaidman - this means your fatty butts were hurt by Jobs again
quote: It's so sad.
quote: if they were "right all along" they'd have had a dominate share from the start...
quote: Who cares about dominating a market when you can make a ton of money as the little guy?
quote: you can make more money as the big guy
quote: I guess it is because you can make more money as the big guy.
quote: Microsoft is a bigger company that makes more money
quote: Even so, Microsoft is a bigger company that makes more money.
quote: Apple overcharges for lesser equipment and that's not opinion ITS FACT.
quote: It's difficult for people to admit they've bought into something and it's problems.
quote: Get it?
quote: You misunderstand the different between justify and better.
quote: Mac owners have a monopoly on being pompous blowhards about their gear
quote: why the tone of Potato's comment was so vastly different from your own
quote: Oh that one is so easy it didn't take even a second to work it out
quote: Now I understand, you're new here.
quote: why are you so confused?
quote: Been reading Dailytech and its assorted comments since before it was Dailytech
quote: Who says one product is "better" than another, yet buys the "crappier" product anyway?
quote: it didn't say which was which
quote: Nah, I learned a LONG time ago that my posts are getting downrated not depending on the language. You'll see tons of nasty dirty language posts from chicko here, all full of personal attacks, all with swearing, b-word, f-word, a-word and many others - and they get uprated. You should have understood by now why this happens, as you are not the new guy here, right?
quote: There's no point in all that shit since I'll be downrated anyway
quote: There's no point in all that shit since I'll be downrated anyway, as a proof of this you can look through all my posts and find gazillions of perfectly polite and to the point purely technical posts of mine that were downrated to -1.
quote: Market-speak is not 'truth', every pronouncement that comes out of Jobs mouth, or Ballmer's for that matter, is not the 'truth'
quote: there's probably one or two people that will ALWAYS donrate your replies. 'Not' because of what they put, but because they just do it and probably not because they may or may not be a Windows 'fan'
quote: I have a lot of respect for their unwillingness to compromise the user experience for selling points.
quote: Apple compromises the user experience on a daily basis to deliver the "gee wiz" factor.
quote: Outside of one of the least significant products in their portfolio, could you describe some of the other compromises they make on a "daily basis" and explain exactly what it does to the user experience?
quote: I simply don't support closed platforms
quote: OEM versions of Windows aren't licensed to run on your DIY PC.
quote: it doesn't regulate what i can do with it through eula
quote: But.. as we ALL know, we can still move that OEM lic to another machine and get it activated
quote: we ALL know that Windows is far, far more 'open' than OSX
quote: Can you move OSX onto ANY pc?
quote: Probably because they don't have an EULA that states OS X can only be installed on Apple machines
quote: Please provide me with the source for OSX kernel
quote: That said, who wants to look at IE source code anyway? Even Windows source code isn't all that important.
quote: Two wrongs don't make a right and people will be people.
quote: However when a big company does wrong it does way heavier and people should support it, in my opinion.
quote: This, however, is a discussion and I'm choosing to voice my opinion about the said topic.
quote: Do YOU think Apple is "robbing people blind"? Why do you think such nonsense?
quote: So they claim their platform to be better in some way ...
quote: "Nonsensical fluff...." um what i said was in DIRECT response to what you said in your prior post regarding "Apple detractors".
quote: t wouldn't be a big deal if that's all they did, but instead of just saying "we're better because..." they say "windows sucks because..." which wouldn't bother me at all except that the "because" part are all outright blatant lies that have absolutely no merit what-so-ever.
quote: this is not the kind of behavior the public should be supporting
quote: i care about having a decent adult discussion
quote: If apple have a product then LET IT STAND ON IT'S own merrit instead of manipulating their possible customers.
quote: If you think Apple's products are inferior, present your argument against the product ON ITS OWN MERITS instead of focusing on how Apple manipulates its potential customers.
quote: The problem is particularly severe in the MacBook Pro series, whose hardware currently trails even drastically cheaper models from competitors like ASUSTek.
quote: When has Apple EVER delivered a product on the cutting edge of performance for any price?
quote: Because computers don't have speed limits
quote: the computer that does more is clearly superior any way you look at it
quote: to say that they are sacrificing performance to add in these features is technically incorrect
quote: they aren't putting out the most performance they can
quote: what Apple offers simply isn't worth the cost
quote: Any proof of that? Anything at all? 'Cause it sounds like wishful thinking.
quote: The dated, slower performing hardware on a Mac, that is still selling well
quote: t really does make a difference when converting video files, picture editing (depending upon level of editing of course), and many other CPU intensive applications
quote: Well one idea could be that it's because if to many people start too push their idiot button and purchase something inferior (in my opinion) and yet more expensive because it's marketed as "trendy" and backed up by out right lies then they might actually grab significant market share thus forcing developers to give them a second look.
quote: Hasn't this been the case for every Apple for as long as we can remember ? When has Apple EVER delivered a product on the cutting edge of performance for any price ?
quote: With greater recognition from the consumer comes greater recognition from the underground that makes all that malware
quote: Apples traditional approach is to deny there is a problem and not bother to fix it
quote: Now, those Windows problems are caused by the very people that complain about them.
quote: Please, could you please stop taking people's comments as literal and read between the lines. I've noticed your replies throughout this thread and you're not being fair.