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New MacBook Air and Mac Mini Models Driving Record Mac Sales for 3Q 2011

Business Insider reports on new sales data from market research firm NPD, as shared by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. According to NPD, Apple's U.S. Mac sales are up 22% year-over-year for the the first two months of the third calendar quarter of 2011, setting the company up to set a new record for quarterly Mac sales. The strong performance has unsurprisingly been driven by new MacBook Air and Mac mini models released on July 20th.


Wall Street analysts have been predicting Mac growth of 16% for the full quarter, and while Mac sales may slow slightly in September as Apple's product lines begin to age a bit and the back to school period winds down, the company is reportedly still on track to ship approximately 4.5 million Macs this quarter. Apple's current quarterly record for Mac sales was set in the holiday quarter last year with 4.13 million Macs sold.

NPD has also reported iPod sales down 16% year-over-year for the first two months of the quarter, which actually puts Apple at a slightly better pace than analysts had been expecting. Despite continued strong sales of the iPod touch, Apple's overall iPod sales have been declining for the past year or two as customers have turned more toward smartphones such as the iPhone as single-device options for their phone, music, and other portable media needs.

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40 months ago

A reasonably priced, headless desktop Mac with decent specs is selling well. Gee, who woulda thunk it*? :rolleyes:

* Just everyone on MacRumors who has been screaming for such a thing for years and being told it was impossible for Apple to produce.


Anyone else want Apple to make something like this again?

Rating: 19 Votes
40 months ago
No... you fools... think of the optical discs! :p
Rating: 13 Votes
40 months ago
I'm glad to see Mac sales on the rise, because I feel it is the best part of Apple's lineup of products.
Rating: 12 Votes
40 months ago
Love that the Mini is selling well. My dream Mac remains something headless between the Mini and the Pro, but I won't hold my breath for it.
Rating: 7 Votes
40 months ago
Always good news to see Mac sales on the rise.
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago
Not really surprised, seeing as how they are the two cheapest models. And I'm sure a good number of potential white MacBook buyers went to the MacBook Air now that it is discontinued.

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Mac Mini? That's a surprise.


I would be curious to see who these buyers are. I wonder if a majority of them are switchers, who are BYOD.K.M. It seems people are still jumping on the Apple/Mac bandwagon and this is a good machine to start with.
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago

Yeah, I will be hitting a road block in the future when my Mac dies and I have to buy a new one without a disc drive...burning CDs is very important to me for iTunes music, etc. I hope they still have the SuperDrive available in the future for the minority that wants to be able to use/burn discs.


I don't see any reason for them to discontinue the external drive, since you are very correct in that some people still have a use for optical media. Personally, my old computer + remote disk is enough for me as I rarely use it, and I think that tends to be true for most people nowadays, but it may never be true for everyone. Interesting fact: This old external floppy drive I had since 2001 still works just fine when plugged into my 2011 MBA. If Mac OS still has driver support for floppy drives, it'll probably always have driver support for CDs/DVDs too.

EDIT: Who the heck voted this down? This is why I don't like the new voting system. It adds a layer of anonymity to something already very anonymous (the internet). Plus, people are more likely to vote down than vote up, it's just how our brain works. If you agree with the post, then all is well. If you don't agree, then you must make your point. :p
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago

Anyone else want Apple to make something like this again?

Image (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ee/Power_mac_g4_cube.png)


I still have mine!
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago

Anyone else want Apple to make something like this again?

Image (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ee/Power_mac_g4_cube.png)


Where'd you find a picture of one without cracks?

:D
Rating: 5 Votes
40 months ago

I was so happy that all those rumors of Apple killing the mini a few years ago were untrue. I have a 2009 model and love it.


I also have a 2009 Mac Mini. Once I upgraded the RAM, I was impressed by the performance of this little machine. It's great on power savings too.

Yeah, I will be hitting a road block in the future when my Mac dies and I have to buy a new one without a disc drive...burning CDs is very important to me for iTunes music, etc. I hope they still have the SuperDrive available in the future for the minority that wants to be able to use/burn discs.


Well, the apparent slow death of CD's and DVD's — and Blu-Ray not as popular as it should be — I'm forced to move beyond discs. I'm not backing up my data as much as I should. That's because I don't like having lots of little discs everywhere. So, I think I'll pick up a nice external backup. Cloud based storage seems to be catching on too — like dropbox.
Rating: 5 Votes

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