Some analysts see Apple hitting record 4 million Mac milestone

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac “How’s the Mac doing? Unit sales, which stalled in Q2 as customers waited for the new MacBooks that arrived in April and May, took off in Q3, coming in just shy of 3.5 million,” Phillip Elmer-Dewitt reports for Fortune.

“Although Apple’s competitors saw PC sales weaken this summer, all signs suggest that the Mac was the exception, driven by back-to-school sales and the new desktop models released in late July (not to mention store traffic from people coming in to buy iPhones and iPads),” P.E.D. reports.

“The average Q4 unit sales estimate of the 31 analysts we’ve polled is 3.86 million Macs,” P.E.D. reports. “Five of them, however, expect Apple to report that it sold 4 million or more.”

Full article, with a list of 20+ analysts’ Mac units sales estimates for Apple’s Q410, here.

18 Comments

  1. I pegged back to school Mac sales as one of the wild cards that nobody really has a handle on. We know Mac use among college and high school students is growing exponentially, but we don’t know what the exponent is.

  2. I pegged back to school Mac sales as one of the wild cards that nobody really has a handle on. We know Mac use among college and high school students is growing exponentially, but we don’t know what the exponent is.

  3. What isn’t mentioned is that Macs are not finding their way into far more businesses. For whatever reason, many IT people seem to have dropped their hardline anti-Mac attitudes and now say they are just another computer that they can support. I suspect their relatively positive experiences with the iPhone and iPad has changed their thinking.

  4. What isn’t mentioned is that Macs are not finding their way into far more businesses. For whatever reason, many IT people seem to have dropped their hardline anti-Mac attitudes and now say they are just another computer that they can support. I suspect their relatively positive experiences with the iPhone and iPad has changed their thinking.

  5. BUT BUT BUT! All those tech pundit trolls said the Mac was languishing in decline because Apple as cannibalizing itself with the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, iDevice universe!!!

    What, you mean the Mac market is still G R O W I N G ?!?!?!

    Wow. Who knew TechTards were so stoooopid?

    Conclusion: iDevices are eating the Windows PC market alive. And I like it!

  6. BUT BUT BUT! All those tech pundit trolls said the Mac was languishing in decline because Apple as cannibalizing itself with the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, iDevice universe!!!

    What, you mean the Mac market is still G R O W I N G ?!?!?!

    Wow. Who knew TechTards were so stoooopid?

    Conclusion: iDevices are eating the Windows PC market alive. And I like it!

  7. … are iPads computers, to be counted as computers? Or are they something else? Or are they to be COUNTED as “something else”? Or, maybe, the iPad is the new #3 in the market, inserted to keep any mention of the Mac from a place in the Top Five?
    And, YEAH ! ! ! What happened to the guys who just a week or two ago told us the iPad was cannibalizing PCs across the board? The Mac is a PC, isn’t it?

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