These are strong figures that could potentially see Apple selling upwards of between 2.8 and 2.9 million Macs for this current March quarter. The 39% increase is well ahead of the 22% that some analysts were originally expecting, as noted by Engadget.
What is particularly interesting among the NPD Group findings is that the iPod, for the first time in about 16 months, has also seen its sales grow. Sales were up by some 7 percent, which could translate into sales of approximately 9 to 10 million iPods for the quarter.
Coming during the worst recession in living memory, these new sales figures are a testament to the industrial strength of not only the Mac itself, but of other Apple products as well.
What is going to be particularly interesting will be just how iPad sales will impact future sales of the Mac? Of course, as far as I'm concerned, the iPad is nothing more than just another Mac itself, but only in a new and different form factor, since it simply runs a version of the iPhone OS, which itself is nothing more than a stripped-down version of the Macs OS. Some believe that the iPad will negatively impact future Mac sales, possibly even killing it off? This could turn out to be true, of course, but I tend to firmly believe that the exact opposite will happen and I believe that the iPad could also have the exact same halo effect on the Mac, increasing its sales and adoption rate, not lowering them, let alone killing it off.
In conclusion, if current Mac sales continues unabated, then the Mac should end up posting some pretty amazing record setting numbers by the end of the year. The present quarter may not equal that of the holiday's, or the Christmas quarter, but it should be a great quarter nonetheless and a harbinger of much bigger things to come for the Mac as it slowly, but surely continues to build and take even more market share.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Charts via : AppleInsider