After two years of declining global desktops sales things are beginning to look up, and, all in part, thanks to Apple's latest iMac models, which have seen an astounding growth of some 74%.
The iMac's growth in the recent past has been so high, in fact, that according to AppleInsider, the iMac will account for some 25% of the world's entire desktop growth for the remainder of the year!
Over the past 24 months global sales of desktops had fallen by some 12%, but in a recent research note from Caris & Company, analyst Robert Cihra, noted that the overall PC market growth for 2010 was trending upwards of 15 to 20%, fueled mostly by growth coming from the combined sales of netbooks and notebooks.
The Street.com noted that when it came to the reversal of desktop sales, the Macs first quarter record sales of some 3.36 million Macs, had helped to turn it into the 'desktop savior.'
It's great to finally see desktop sales reversing their long slide. Even though I know that laptops and netbooks are extremely popular devices these days, as far as I'm concerned, they are nothing less than just a secondary device, and one that will always take a back seat to that of a desktop machine. For me, desktops will always be the preferable choice because of their larger screens, memory, faster and beefier components and, of course, their sheer speed advantage over those of the mobile alternatives.
In conclusion, I'm especially pleased to see not only the recent growth in desktop sales, but especially more so to see just how the iMac had played its part in that overall growth! I hope fervently that this growth will continue unabated, and that the Mac will go on to play an even greater future role in that growth, and not just on the consumer side either, but also on the business side as well, since more and more enterprise's are now finding that the Mac is so much easier and cheaper to manage then those of Windows PCs.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, March 18, 2010