Dude, You're Getting a ... Mac? February Mac Sales Skyrocket

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Show of hands - who out there is drinking the Apple flavored Kool-Aid? If everyone's being honest, then look around and you'll likely see a lot of limbs flailing about, and certainly a good number more than if we would have asked this question one year ago. Why is that? According to market research firm NPD, retail sales of Mac computers in the month of February jumped 43 percent for the month.

A one-time anomaly? Not likely. Similarly strong sales were also noted in January, in which the NPD group says Mac sales skyrocketed by 36 percent. Put the two months together and Apple's selling nearly 40 percent more Macs than it did to begin 2009.



To be fair, it's not as though Apple should have any trouble outpacing early 2009 figures. In January and February of 2009, Mac sales declined 6 percent and 16 percent, respectively, which was the first time in nearly six years that Apple reported a year-to-year drop-off in Mac sales. But even if we dismiss last year's dismal sales as a yardstick, Apple still stands to sell between 2.8 million and 2.9 million Macs in the March quarter, a tick above Wall Street's expectation of 2.7 million units.

"Ever since the refresh of the MacBook Pros last year, they've done well," said Stephen Baker, an analyst at NPD.

'Doing well' might be an understatement, at least according to Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray, who recently dubbed 2010 the "Year of the Mac."



So why such a dramatic turnaround compared to last year? Part of the answer is that the entire PC market is on an upswing. According to IDC, steeply discounted PCs and improving economic conditions are paving the way for double-digit growth in 2010. And even though price drops aren't exactly in Apple's DNA, Baker says consumers are seeking out lower-priced units, such as the $999 MacBook and $1,199 MacBook Pro (the lowest priced MacBook Pro available).

"It's been a good platform," Baker said. "I'm not sure why it's selling better [than the previous desktop], but then, the entire PC market is doing extremely well right now."

On a related note, Apple iPod sales are also up from last year to the tune of 10 percent, and up 7 percent in the first two months of 2010 compared to the same time frame in 2009.



So we ask again - who among you is drinking the Apple flavored Kool-Aid?
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rapid1 replied on Tue, Mar 16 2010 12:34 PM

I am not drinking the Kool-aid remember what can happen when drinking Kool-Aid given to you by someone you don't personally know, and in some cases even then. I am wondering if Apple has gotten to 10% of the PC market yet?

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Mar 16 2010 12:54 PM

I kind of doubt Apple's actually gotten to 10%. But, that would be pretty amazing - considering they're one company competing against god-only-knows-howmany PC resellers.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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awundrin replied on Tue, Mar 16 2010 1:05 PM

43% jump is huge! Wow..this is surprising. I am not one of those buying a Mac as I am not a big Apple fan.

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Ehhh, maybe it was because you could get the 13.3" Macbook for $799 at a lot of stores these past couple of months? At that price, even a diehard PC-lover like me would be tempted!

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ClemSnide replied on Tue, Mar 16 2010 4:53 PM

Paul, I just got the communique from the Dark Master. He applauds your efforts to link an innocuous but quirky hardware and software manufacturer with a Guyanese suicide cult, but thinks you could have done better (remember choking on your Jimmy Dean Pancakes'n'sausage this morning? That was him). He suggests Islam, which is at a low point of popularity in this country, with the phrase "who here gets out their prayer rugs and bows down to Cupertino five times a day?" Failing that, he reminds you that German National Socialists (***) are always an easy target with which to compare a hated adversary. (But he would prefer that you just keep them down and not drive them out of business. They are, after all, the source of every good idea the Empire has ever implemented.)

Now.

I am currently a system agnostic, so get out your tracts, Microheads and Appleoids! (Linuxians have them, too, but they're enormous tomes filled with peculiar punctuation. Very hard to read.) For actual work, I prefer my Macs, some of which are old enough to vote. (In Philadelphia, at least.) For gaming, PCs. For anything where I don't have to see the OS, like embedded systems and NAS servers, Linux.

One of my goals in making the new PC was to make a Windows system that was as responsive as a Mac. It was, for a few days, but then the Microsloth effect took hold and now (even with SSDs and lots of RAM) apps take a long time to launch and I still get "(application) not responding." I don't mind MS copying Apple's technologies, i just wish they'd get them right.

I don't owe Steve Jobs anything, nor do I owe Steve Ballmer or Linus Torvalds anything; I just am not the sort of person to join the crowd in making fun of the unpopular kid in the schoolyard. Based solely on customer service, though, I really should go back to being an Apple Evangelist. At least the photocopied sheet they're reading from doesn't start "Reinstall Windows."

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ClemSnide replied on Wed, Mar 17 2010 2:28 AM

I was raising my hand while I was typing. That's where the typographical errors came from.


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gibbersome replied on Wed, Mar 17 2010 11:58 AM

I'd say targeting a suicide cult is a lot safer than a religion that has more than a billion followers of which a tiny minority having no sense of humor.

But I'd reckon most Muslims, like myself, appreciate the reference. Smile

 

Also, I refuse to raise my hand lest someone use the opportunity to tickle my armpit.

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realneil replied on Wed, Mar 17 2010 12:35 PM

I'm like Clem Snide in that I too, use many platforms.

I have a iMac 24" with an Intel Extreme CPU in it. This is where my 68,000 or so, pictures reside. It's also a wonderful platform for ripping movies to hard drive storage too. It has 1.5TB of storage. I have had it for about two and a half years now and it's a nice computer to say the least. If I could do it all over again, I would not buy the iMac for the price I did, I would get the cheapest Mac I could find instead. Macs cost too much money and now that MS has a decent OS to use, they aren't so crucial to own.  

I use a Linux box to store and serve up my big-ass collection of classic rock music mp3's. (I didn't like the way iTunes took over my files and tried to convert them to ACC format) It's running free Ubuntu and is also completely stable with no internet access at all. It's built around an old moldy Athelon Dual-Core Brisbane 6000+ @3100 MHz. It only has 2GB of RAM and 750GB of disk space. It is totally bullet-proof and I never have to deal with ANY issues with it.

And then, for gaming and general use I have the two Intel based PC's. Both are new and both are great gamers.

As for my iMac,....when I bought it, it was the most expensive iMac you could get at that time with all of the options available too. It was friggin' expensive, ($2,800.00) but at that time I was fed-up with Windows Vista and was going to drop PC's altogether, forever. Then Microsoft released the RC7 free demo and I decided to try it out. I liked it, and decided to use Win7 when it was released.

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RyuGTX replied on Wed, Mar 17 2010 3:15 PM

Don't own a Mac, but I do own a few Apple shares. According to analysts, they are optimistic about Apple's stock. Upcoming refresh of a few products like the iPhone, iPod, and other stuff? Something like that. Honestly, I don't pay much attention to Apple product related news.

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ClemSnide replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 12:24 AM

>Also, I refuse to raise my hand lest someone use the opportunity to tickle my armpit.

That's only dangerous if you're a New York Congressional intern.


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realneil replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 10:31 AM

ClemSnide:
That's only dangerous if you're a New York Congressional intern.

Or if you're on the Marine 'Live-Fire' obstacle course at Parris Island,......

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Other than having an itouch myself, I am not drinking Apple's KOOL-AID either. Oh yea, it's green so keep away, it's POISON!

And about my prior Apple experiences, I can say that their products hold their value very well. 

A while back I bought myself an Apple Macbook Pro (Unibody, the first one that had TWO GPU's). It cost me $1600 after a 200 dollar rebate. 

I never used it, so I sold it months after the new version of  the Macbook Pro came out. And guess how much I sold it for? $1600

So yeah, the one thing I can say is that they really hold their value unlike other brands like Sony.

Before the Macbook Pro, I had a Sony FW, can't remember which one. I paid a little over a grand for it. Sold it only 6 months later and only got about 600 for it. As you can see, their is a BIG difference.

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