Analyst: ‘Apple will have problems filling’ G5 orders; demand ‘will not impact Apple’s market positi

“Noting that demand for the latest Power Mac is strong, according to the company, IDC analyst Roger Kay told NewsFactor that Apple will have problems filling those orders, just it has with most new products. “They ramp up production after launching a new product and usually have trouble meeting the initial demand,” he said,” reports Jay Wrolstad.

Wrolstad continues, “Kay said that while the G5 will not impact Apple’s market position, it will provide a fresh start for the company’s professional systems target audience. ‘This is for existing Mac users who want to upgrade, not for new users, and the performance enhancements should attract professional customers,’ he said.”

Wrolstad reports, “Mac users ‘should run, not walk,’ to their local store to check out the G5, says Aberdeen Group analyst Peter Kastner. ‘Mac buyers can stand tall; they now have what is arguably a performance leader.'”

“The new machines retail for US$1,999, $2,399 and $2,999, depending upon processor speed. All are equipped with Mac OS X Jaguar version 10.2.7, an upgrade with enhancements specifically for the G5,” Wrolstad reports.

Full article here.

17 Comments

  1. They have so many orders that they can’t keep up, but this won’t change their market share? What a mouth full of Bull sh-t. Which way do you want it BOZO.

  2. I don’t get it: “This is for existing Mac users […] not for new users, […]”

    G5 number crunching capabilities IS for new users: scientific community is looking at it as a cost saving Unix workstation solution.
    Many in scientific community are going to be a new user!

  3. lot of crap from the author, this mac is for anyone who wants speed period. And the amazing thing is this is just the start of the 970, whats to come is faster and better versions,980 etc etc. Today we have the best OS, tomorrow we have the best hardware and software.

  4. These people make me die with laughter. Even if every G5 goes to someone who already has a Mac, what do you think is going to happen to all those, say, G4/500 machines that are being replaced? Just thrown in the bin?

  5. Lance: FWIW, Wrolstad is just reporting on what IDC analyst Roger Kay and Aberdeen Group analyst Peter Kastner said. The FUD is pretty much entirely from Kay.

  6. Only Mac nuts/freaks could get pissed off at an article that has a bolded subheading telling Mac users to “run, not walk” to check out the machines. Geez! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Apple has had trouble delivering almost every machine they’ve announced; it isn’t unreasonable to expect the same thing with G5. And those prior production bottlenecks haven’t resulted in higher market share.

    One last thing–has occurred to any of the zealots that post here that they are the only people in the electronics equipment universe that EVER talk about people selling off their used/obsolete crap as something significant? You ever here Sony talking about how many five year old discmans people pick up on ebay? Come on–buying an old Mac on ebay does nothing to help Apple’s financial health, and nobody other than Mac freaks cares about the “installed base” versus market share.

    By the way, I say that as someone who bought an indigo iBook on ebay a few months ago, and just got a lime iMac a couple of weeks ago on ebay. I was able to get the iMac, upgrade the memory, and stick in a 60 GB hard drive for $400 total, and actually enjoyed taking the thing apart just to put the drive in, but can’t see how my doing that did anything to help out Apple. The only company that made any money off the purchase was Western Digital and the RAM chip maker.

    Jerk

  7. “One last thing–has occurred to any of the zealots that post here that they are the only people in the electronics equipment universe that EVER talk about people selling off their used/obsolete crap as something significant? You ever here Sony talking about how many five year old discmans people pick up on ebay? Come on–buying an old Mac on ebay does nothing to help Apple’s financial health, and nobody other than Mac freaks cares about the “installed base” versus market share.”

    GET STUFFED!

    Most 5 year old PCs are in landfills while most 5 year old Macs are still useable and doing just fine.

    Its the details that get missed by the morons out there that buy all the anti-Mac FUD and can’t figure out why the Mac community is just a little testy after the never ending barrage of complete and utter BS published daily about the platform.

  8. Actually selling used boxes DOES help Apple in that those people on a budget are buying Macs instead of cheap Wintels. Market share (and install base) are critical when it comes to developer support of the platform. The Mac is not just Apple, its Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Quark, Omni, the gaming port houses, Blizzard, Id, and the thousands of shareware and freeware developers.

  9. Opinionated jerk,
    Will you be buying Virtual PC and Windows software to run on your “new” macs – thought not. By buying mac software you support the developers and hence the mac platform.

  10. I haven’t bought a single piece of software for my ebay Macs, nor will
    I ever buy a piece of software for them. What I’ve installed on them is them is the software I have on my main Mac–my picking up the two extra machines didn’t do diddly squat for Apple or any software producer.

    As for R.V., again–other than the nutbars here, who gives a flying f*** at a rolling donut that 5 year old Macs are still around–that’s mainly a testament to how little Macs have developed in that time. Well, to be fair, since the post-beige G3.

    Again, I haven’t seen anywhere else in computerdom (or consumer electronics at all) where second hand/third hand equipment is mentioned, let alone extolled. It actually is pretty pathetic–bragging about how much of the platform’s user base is made up of folks using scrounged hardware. It would be like Ford bragging–Hey, our sales dropped this year, but there are sure a lot of people driving ’95 Escorts!

    And before telling me to get stuffed again–dude, me and my wife have three Macs between the two of us: how about saving some of the ammunition for the enemy?

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