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Apple sees higher iMac, iBook, music sales

updated 04:55 pm EST, Wed January 12, 2005

Increased Mac sales

In its December quarter, Apple said it shipped more than 456,000 iMac G5s, representing a sequential increase in unit sales of nearly 100 percent and a year-over-year increase of 101 percent. The company also saw a large year-over-year increase in its iBook sales, selling more than 270,000 units or 35 percent more units than the year-ago quarter. Apple's PowerBook line, however, saw a drastic decrease in sales with only 152,000 units shipped. Apple shipped 167,000 Power Mac and Xserve units, a 19% decrease from the year-ago quarter. Overall, Apple saw a 26 percent increase from the year-ago quarter in Mac sales. Apple also saw a large 525 percent increase from the year-ago quarter its Music-related products, which includes iTunes Music Store sales and iPod related services and accessories.

by MacNN Staff





  1. cc_foo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yay, more than 1 million Macintoshes shipped this quarter. That‘s if the XServes can be counted as Macs.

    This is a cause for celebration. Good work!

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969



    iMacs and iPods are HOT, PowerMacs are overpriced, iBooks and Powerbooks are underpowered.

    We need cheaper G5 PMs, faster iBooks, and a G5 Powerbook.

    How about dropping the 2.5GHz G5 down to $2500 for starters? I'd buy one.

  1. dece

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Two words...

    You want a cheaper PM? Two words:

    "Re" "furbished"

  1. Fiete5401

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple needs new 'Books!

    Now everybody within Apple should know that we really NEED new PowerBooks!

  1. chas_m



    Well ...

    ... I think it's become obvious that Powerbooks and Power Macs will be speed-bumped this quarter. iBooks outselling Powerbooks nearly 2-to-1? Oh the ignominy. :)

    Seriously, those numbers say loud and clear that Apple is overdue for an upgrade to those models. We won't get a G5 Powerbook this soon (think summer), but as they say on another forum, "3GHz ... the clock is still ticking, Steve ..."

  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wasn't 2004 supposed to be the Year Of The Laptop for Apple?
    (or am I mixing up something?)

  1. salco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Eh...

    Yes, you are mixing things up, 2003 was supposed to be the year of the laptop, whereas 2004 was meant to be the great year of the Mac, but I got the feeling, the latter one was pushed back to 2005.

  1. Todd Madson

    Joined: Dec 1969



    One of the reasons that they aren't seeing powermac
    sales like they used to is there are die-hards like
    me with sawtooth G4's waiting for a speed bump and a
    refurb price to make it worthwhile.

    Still others like my sister-in-law got the iMac G5
    and was quite pleased with it.

    My wife got the last new computer and this was just
    prior to the iMac G5 being released, but she likes the
    lamp style iMac.

    Frankly, when the opportunity for a G5 2.5 tower
    comes out that I can afford I'll jump on it, but
    I need to get re-employed first.

  1. pdot

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I was planning on buying a Powerbook (finally came up with a good enough reason: travel) if there was a revision this MacWorld. Apple just saved me $2K on probably what would've been a minor update to the current line. I hope to see a major revision in 9 months though (Powerbook G5?). Although, I'm a bit hesitant about jumping on a rev A anything.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: powerbook

    I don't understand why people play the waiting game. If you buy a PowerBook today, and a G5 comes out in nine months. You still have nine months of use out of your new PowerBook. That should be worth a whole lot. There's also less pressure to try the rev A G5.

    I say, if you need/want it today, buy it. Then when you want a PB G5, sell the old one, and buy a new one.

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