“Contrary to recent and unsubstantiated rumors, sales of Apple’s new Intel-based iMac Core Duo desktops and MacBook Pro portables both appear to be strong, reports research and investment firm American Technology Research,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider. “In a research note sent to clients on Wednesday morning, analyst Shaw Wu said both of Apple’s new Intel Macs are selling well. The analyst believes the strong sales may be fueled by customers who had been holding off their Mac purchases until the Intel models made their debut. Specifically, Wu said his firm is seeing particular strength in sales to education (K-12 and higher education), content creation, and consumer end markets.”
Marsal reports, “Apple’s decision to simultaneously market both PowerPC and Intel Macs has caused some customer confusion in the field, Wu said, but he isn’t too concerned. ‘We do not anticipate this to last that long as inventories of PowerPC Macs appear fairly lean at around 3-4 weeks, which is likely the primary reason why Apple hasn’t offered discounts.’ Additionally, the analyst expects Apple will migrate the remainder of its PowerPC product line to Intel processors within the next two quarters. ‘Selling two processor families and marketing one as superior to another adds to customer confusion and isn’t a sound long-term strategy, in our opinion,’ Wu wrote.”
Wu also says that fifth-generation iPod sales also remain strong and more in the full article here.
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