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Apple sees sales \'pause\' amid Intel shift

updated 05:20 pm EST, Wed January 18, 2006

Apple sees sales \'pause\'

Apple today said it saw a "pause" in customer demand related to sales of its Macs. The pause which it saw in holiday quarter was associated with its move to using Intel microprocessors, the company's chief financial officer told Reuters: "We did see what we think was a bit of a pause from some customers associated with the Intel transition," said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's CFO, in a telephone interview. "Apple is very pleased with customer and analyst response to our new Intel based Macs."




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  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Good or bad

    this is? I think good, most buyers are waiting for the Intels so the next quarter could be a boomer. I did my part and ordered a 20' intel iMac. :)

  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Try Limbo..

    We are in limbo till we see the real world adaptation of this transition. I have already had one software company state that the PowerPC update I am looking forward to will be prolonged until the Intel code is updated. I was a Mac OS 9 fanatic, and my OS 9 ran better than this Tiger I have to tame every week. Don't get me wrong, I like all the new stuff ( who doesn't ) but I'm afraid that the Intel shift will upstated the new Duall 2.7 GHZ PowerMac I purchased last year. On top of that, I was ready for a new portable, and now I can't run the same stuff on it as my desktop unless the software Mfg. updates it. What else will be a problem.. I'm not sure .. but still after a week no one has been able to answer the question " Will the Panasonic P2 cards work in the Express Slot? "

    And no Firewire 800?

    I will be in Limbo for a while .. it's enough that I lose functionality everytime there is a Tiger update ( I lost the older Live Type, Motion, and Just lost FCP 4.5 last week thatnks to the Tiger updates )

  1. jeepandmacfan

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    upgrade

    Wow.. "I will be in Limbo for a while .. it's enough that I lose functionality everytime there is a Tiger update ( I lost the older Live Type, Motion, and Just lost FCP 4.5 last week thatnks to the Tiger updates )"

    Both of my Macs have become MORE capable with every update to OS X, not less. (Thank you Directory Access) I've had problems with 3rd party stuff causing grief, but it's a quick fix to hunt down the offender and remove it. (Unsanity APE I'm looking in your direction.)

    I've never had a major app quit working on me because of an update.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iMac

    I also did my part (to clear up inventory) by buying a pre-iSight 20" iMac for $799 (new).

  1. alastairmac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Intel iMac

    After reading about some of the apps may not run on the new Intel iMac, especially VPC, we have put off purchasing new iMacs until the dust settles and hopefully over the coming months there will some definite direction from the software vendors. Our Mac supplier did suggested we buy the G5 iMacs, to have fully compatibility with all apps., but there are no signs of a price reduction for these "older" machines and until this happens he said wait for a few months before making any purchases.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Happy with my PowerBook

    I for one, am VERY glad that I bought the last 15" PowerBook in November!

    It's one thing to shift an OS, OS 9 to OS X, on the same hardware. It's quite a different beast switching processor, system architecture AND software all in one shot!

    I'm not going to be a software and hardware guinea pig with such a HUGE shift in BOTH realms. Running critical application in emulation doesn't thrill me either.

    With the new MacBooks (yucky name if ever there was one!) there will be growing pains. The omission of FireWire 800 is pretty drastic and hope it's not a harbinger of things to come... or GO!

    I'll think about getting anew MacBook when the Rev. C machines are released and Rosetta will be unnecessary!

  1. outZider

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    wtf

    "I was a Mac OS 9 fanatic, and my OS 9 ran better than this Tiger I have to tame every week."

    I don't know what parallel dimension you live in, but I've been a Mac user since 1986, and I will tell you with a straight face that you are full of it. OS 9 crashed too much, and if you're using Tiger on anything faster than a 400 MHz machine, then the speed of your tasks is far faster than OS 9. The only thing that may end up being slower is the Finder, but the usability upgrades via OS X that I got (columns view, spotlight, quicksilver) outweigh the lack of 'snappy' when opening a friggin Finder window.

  1. fletcher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No Longer in Limbo

    I've been using a Titanium PowerBook G4 800 MHz for the past several years. The machine has served me well, but over the last year I've been pining for an upgrade. However, I've found myself waiting for the G5 PowerBook and then for the Intel PowerBook.

    Now, finally, I'm out of limbo and can move forward knowing that the machine I purchase today is the first machine in the next generation of Macintoshes. I feel good about having waited for the release of these new machines and look forward to using the MacBook when it arrives.

  1. Toyin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: happy with my powerbo

    Quote: "I'm not going to be a software and hardware guinea pig with such a HUGE shift in BOTH realms. Running critical application in emulation doesn't thrill me either.

    With the new MacBooks (yucky name if ever there was one!) there will be growing pains. The omission of FireWire 800 is pretty drastic and hope it's not a harbinger of things to come... or GO! "

    I realize that you've made a new purchase and you would like to justify it but don't try to put down the Macbook. In 'emulation' the Macbook will be faster than your Powerbook (based on early benchmarks) With native applications, the Macbook will make your Powerbook look like it's stuck in quicksand. I'm getting tired of all this whining about the Macbook name, the Macbook lack of this and lack of that. For fracks sake we're finally getting a laptop with a modern processor, motherboard, and screen AND we got it 6 months earlier than expected.

    All that said an done, I can live with my 2 year old 15" PB for a few more months until the rev B of the MacBook.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I don't buy dot-zero...

    "In 'emulation' the Macbook will be faster than your Powerbook (based on early benchmarks)"

    Err, that doesn't seem to be the case. The benchmarks I've seen put Rosetta on Core Duo significantly behind native Power PC code on even vaguely comparable processors.

    But a bigger reason to wait is simply to avoid buying the "dot zero" version... and you seem to agree with that yourself when you say you'll wait for Rev B.

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