updated 12:35 am EDT, Tue March 18, 2008
Apple outpaces PC market
Apple's computer sales in the US have grown considerably from last year – at 60-percent unit growth and 67-percent revenue growth – granting it 14-percent of all computers sold for February. According to AppleInsider, Apple's laptop systems saw the largest growth, representing a 64-percent increase in units sold, and 67-percent increased revenue, suggesting strong acceptance of the company's new ultra-portable, the MacBook Air.
"Macbook Air sales appear to be additive to total sales, rather than replacing Macbook Pro sales," said Andy Hargreaves, analyst for Pacific Crest Securities. "We believe a new set of corporate customers make up a meaningful portion of MacBook Air buyers."
Desktop demand for February was also high, with 55-percent growth and 58-percent increase in revenue. The rest of the industry saw a 5-percent decline and a 2-percent drop in revenues. "Mac sales do not appear to be negatively impacted by macro environment," Hargreaves said. "[The] iMac continues to sell extremely well, with strong sales of larger screen sizes."