updated 09:40 am EST, Mon January 4, 2010
Figure would set Apple sales record
Apple is estimated to have sold 3.3 million Macs during its most recent fiscal quarter, according to Broadpoint.AmTech analyst Brian Marshall. Should the figure prove correct, it will break an all-time sales record of 3.05 million Macs, set during the previous quarter. It will also mark a growth of 31 percent year-over-year, up from 2.3 million.
The company has not seen similar levels of growth since 2008, which produced leaps ranging from 21 to 51 percent. Marshall also suggests that the recent quarter should mark another surge in Apple's desktop sales, which could be up 19 percent year-over-year at 865,000 units. Most growth in recent quarters has been attributed to MacBooks.
Official results should be released sometime in the second half of January, in tandem with a results call. Apple is like to continue outpacing industry average growth for 20 out of the last 21 quarters, the one blemish being the first quarter of 2009, when the full impact of economic recession hit the public. Gartner research estimates suggest that worldwide computer sales grew by just 2.3 percent last year.