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Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       07-22-2008, 7:15 AM Reply   
"A new Mac record
Apple shipped 2,496,000 Macs during the June quarter, representing 41 percent unit growth and 43 percent revenue growth over the same period from a year ago. It was the fourth time in five quarters that Apple sold a record number of Macs. Previously, the bar was set during the first quarter of 2008 when Apple sold a little more than 2.3 million Macs.

Laptops continue to be a big driver for Apple, which sold more than 1.5 million portables during the June quarter. Oppenheimer cited strength across all three Apple laptops—the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air—though this was the first full quarter of sales for Apple’s ultra-portable Air.

Apple sold 943,000 desktops during the quarter, driven by changes to the iMac line. Apple updated the iMac in late April, adding faster Core 2 Duo processors to its all-in-one desktop.

Desktop sales grew 49 percent year-over-year; portables were up 37 percent year-over-year. Apple’s 41-percent growth in Mac shipments was nearly three times the industry standard, according to Oppenheimer.

In the U.S. channels tracked by market-research firm NPD Group, Apple’s computer market share increased to 19.5 percent this year from 15.4 percent last year. Apple also saw the best Mac quarter ever for education business, with unit growth of 25 percent year-over-year. There was also a new all-time high for quarterly Mac sales in the K-12 and higher education markets."

Apple is going to give away a free ipod with every mac sold to the K-12 students in a new promotion soon. Watch out Microsoft when all these kids and their Macs hit the business world. It was 2 or 3 years ago when someone told me the Mac was a toy and would never get past the 7 or 8% market share it had at the time, I advised them to buy Apple stock. It was at about $40 a share then and had just split.


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