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Apple's October Mac Sales Lining Up for Record 5 Million+ Units in Quarter


AppleInsider reports on a new research note from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster sharing data on U.S. Mac sales for the month of October from NPD. According to NPD's data, Apple's October Mac sales were up 19% year-over-year, putting the company on target to reach analyst estimates in the range of 5.1-5.3 million units for the full quarter.
Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray shared the latest domestic sales data from the NPD Group on Monday, which showed Mac sales up 19 percent year over year in the month of October. As sales continue to pick up leading up to Christmas, he sees Apple selling between 5.1 million and 5.3 million Macs during the December quarter.

Those numbers would represent year over year growth of between 23 percent and 28 percent. Consensus on Wall Street has called for Apple to report sales of about 5.2 million Macs during the quarter.
Apple last quarter reported sales of 4.89 million Macs, by far a company record. The company also guided toward record revenue and earnings for the current quarter, spurring analysts to push their Mac estimates to over 5 million.

As for the iPod, NPD reports that U.S. unit shipments are down about 18% year-over-year as consumers continue to shift away from dedicated music players and instead utilize smartphones for their portable music needs. But even that 18% decline appears to be smaller than anticipated, with analysts currently predicting a 20% drop for the full quarter. Based on the data, Munster suggests that Apple is on pace to sell approximately 16 million iPods in what is easily the company's biggest-selling quarter for the iPod each year.



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98 months ago

The MBP 13" is heavier and has lower resolution than the Vaio SA, so no sale.

Plus, you can't get Blu Ray on the Mac.


Does the vaio run OS X?
Rating: 18 Votes
98 months ago
perhaps a reshift in the focus to computers!
Rating: 15 Votes
98 months ago

Enjoy your Windows.


There is nothing to enjoy on Windows.
Rating: 14 Votes
98 months ago

The MBP 13" is heavier and has lower resolution than the Vaio SA, so no sale.

Plus, you can't get Blu Ray on the Mac.


Haha, right on, dude! And don't forget, the MBP doesn't have a 3-D display, a chrome roll bar, or a floppy drive. APPLE FAIL! SONY RULZ! LOLOLOLOLOL
Rating: 13 Votes
98 months ago
What's different about Mac sales

Keep in mind that a Mac sale is different from a Wintel sale. Wintels are interchangeable within the Windows ecosystem. 50%+ of Macs are sold to people who've never used a Mac before, and every one of those new-to-the-Mac people are switching ecosystems. And once people are in the Mac ecosystem, they are unlikely to switch again any time soon. The iPhone/iPad/iPod halo effect contributes greatly to the ecosystem lock-in effect.

So these sales numbers should really be frightening to Microsoft and their beleaguered "partners" (low-margin hardware OEMs).
Rating: 9 Votes
98 months ago

I don't care about the 20GB hibernation SSD of the S3, but that the main drive is a 7mm 2.5", that you can replace unofficially at a reasonable price.


Dude, get a PC then. Apple won't miss you. Enjoy your Windows.
Rating: 9 Votes
98 months ago

the mbp 13" is heavier and has lower resolution than the vaio sa, so no sale.

Plus, you can't get blu ray on the mac.


13" mba?
Rating: 9 Votes
98 months ago

The MBP 13" is heavier and has lower resolution than the Vaio SA, so no sale.

Plus, you can't get Blu Ray on the Mac.


I'm holding off my next Mac purchase because I'm waiting for Apple to drop the SuperDrive from the MBP.
Rating: 8 Votes
98 months ago

The MBP 13" is heavier and has lower resolution than the Vaio SA, so no sale.

Plus, you can't get Blu Ray on the Mac.

Question: why do you need Blu-Ray on a 13" inch screen with cruddy speakers?

And if you intend on hooking it up to the home entertainment system, why wouldn't you just get a PS3 or some other Blu-Ray device designed for a large screen?
Rating: 8 Votes
98 months ago
I'm one of the happy five million.

I returned to the Mac "fold" with a brand new 21.5" iMac, to replace a noisy and temperamental HP "box" that was getting long in the tooth. I'd been away from Macs since my Performa 575 died back during the Clinton Administration.

Macs are GREAT!

Undoubtedly they cost a bit more than comparable PCs. But literally everything about them seems twenty times better than it was on a PC.
Rating: 8 Votes

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