“Not only has the iPad put a dent in PC (but not Mac) sales, but the iPad mini is expected to accentuate the trend. In a note to clients J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz predicts the smaller Apple tablet will steal even more sales away from the weakening personal computer market,” Sellers writes. “So far the Mac hasn’t been harmed — at least not much — by the tablet invasion. Mac sales have exceeded overall computer industry averages for 25 consecutive quarters. Look for that to continue with ever-increasing MacBook Pro and MacBook Air sales — and the iMac remaining Apple’s (and the industry’s) hottest desktop model.”
Sellers writes, “What’s more, the jury is still out on whether Microsoft’s Surface hardware and new Windows 8 — due Oct. 26 — will be successful or bomb. Initial reactions haven’t been good… If the change is too drastic for most Windows users, the chance for Macs to grab a bigger percentage of the computer market very quickly is tremendous.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: What we wrote back in June 2011, right after we first heard about Microsoft’s plans for Windows 8, works just as well today as it did nearly a year and a half ago, if not better:
Our initial impression is that Microsoft, in trying to cram everything into Windows 8 in an attempt to be all things to all devices, will end up with an OS that’s a jack of all trades and a master of none (which, after all, ought to be Microsoft’s company motto)… We simply do not see the world clamoring for the UI of an iPod also-ran now ported to an iPhone wannabe that nobody’s buying to be blown up onto a PC display.
From what we’ve seen so far, Windows 8 strikes us as an unsavory combination of Windows Weight plus Windows Wait.
Not to mention that probably no one on earth knows how much or what kinds of residual legacy spaghetti code roils underneath it all (shudder)… No matter what, if Microsoft’s going to ask Windows sufferers to “learn a whole new computer” (and that’s exactly how they’ll look at it, regardless of how Microsoft pitches it), millions will simply say, “Time to get a Mac to match my iPod, iPhone, and iPad!”
As if they needed it: More good news for Apple.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "David G." for the heads up.]