updated 04:10 pm EDT, Mon May 16, 2011
Absence of MacBook refresh blamed
April Mac sales were comparatively slow, according to new NPD numbers quoted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. US sales data shows that units increased by about 9 percent year-over-year. The problem, notes Munster, is that in the same timeframe in 2010, Apple released updated MacBooks which spiked sales. The only Mac notebooks which have been updated in 2011 so far are MacBook Pros.
Wall Street consensus is said to be calling for 4.2 million Macs in the April-June quarter, a 22 percent rise. The figure is still possible, says Munster, because comparisons should be easier next month. In June 2010 Mac sales only rose 11 percent over the same month in 2009.
iPod sales are meanwhile reported to be going better than expected, if still falling. Munster doesn't provide exact numbers, but the decline is allegedly promising to be less sharp than a forecast 10 to 15 percent. The situation does not necessarily spell trouble for Apple; lost iPod sales are usually translated into iPhone and iPad purchases.