HP, Dell and Acer are just a few of the names hurting in these tough times for traditional computer makers. Yes, Hewlett-Packard is still number one and Dell for most the part hangs to number two. However, as old line competitors continue to stumble, Apple’s Macintosh continues to grow and not by just a little.
Last quarter, Apple posted record revenues and profits to a large extent on the back of the Mac, up 23 percent year over year. This as PC sales went negative in many regions while only managing single digit growth globally.
This trend was amplified in Europe, where PC sales have fallen by double digits (AppleInsider) — Acer shipments alone plummeted by 53 percent. However, the Macintosh was up 21.8 percent on the other side of the pond.
Quoting NPD data and Gene Munster’s comments thereupon, GigaOM adds the good Mac news is continuing worldwide. The analyst anticipates Apple will sell up to 5.3 million Macs this quarter — that’s a single digit sequential increase, but an almost 30 percent jump year over year.
Killing it, just killing it
Of course, if we were to add iPad sales — a computer in tablet clothing — to the Mac maker’s totals, impressive growth quickly morphs into a blowout for Apple. People are buying iPads instead of notebooks, and as often as not using them for work and general computing tasks.
So, why do you think iPads aren’t be counted as computers? It seriously can’t be because iPads aren’t computers…
What’s your take?