Compared to Hewlett Packard and Dell, which due to enterprise cycles and inventory restocking, are also reporting some good news, Apple's Macs, "Even before the new MacBook Pros launched," Kathryn writes, "Apple began to outperform the broader commercial PC segment - with commercial Mac shipments up 25% [month over month] in May versus market growth of just 1%."
Wow, what can I say - this is quite remarkable, and especially since it's coming from a lady who, in the past, was anything but bullish about Apple or the Mac. In fact, this is the lady who, based on one of her reports, helped to wipe out a staggering $18 billion dollars from off of Apple's market cap in a mere 60 minutes just last September!
Apple is expected to report it's next earnings later this month and it will be interesting to note how many more Mac's have been sold since this time last year, and it will be really interesting to see how this will compare with that of the general PC market overall.
I'm sure that the upcoming release of Vista 4, or Windows 7, will have some impact on future sales of the Mac, but then again, Snow Leopard should mitigate some of that. In fact, if Snow Leopard really delivers the expected increase in stability, security and performance claimed by Apple, then Windows 7 impact on future Mac sales could be quite minimal if any.
Now that the big Steve is back, though only working part time at the office, and the rest from home, I'm hoping and expecting some big things. For one thing, LoopRumors is reporting on the possibility that Steve Jobs will be appearing at an August 'Special Event'?
Hopefully, this will be the case and not only because of any new goodies that he might reveal, such as updated Mac's and iPods, but also to see how well he looks, sounds and performs. On that count, again, I certainly hope so, because if he comes across as looking and sounding healthy, then maybe, just maybe people might begin to shut-the-hell-up about all this talk about his health and how he is probably about to die any second now, taking Apple along down with him.
Hopefully, we will soon see not only a healthier Steve Jobs, but new iPod's and also lower prices on newer Mac desktops to go along with those of it's recently improved but lower priced MacBook's, and, as well, even further evidence that the Mac's sales are as healthy as ever and growing like weeds.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Mac photo via: Apple ; chart via: AppleInsider