“Asia-Pacific was highlighted as the primary ‘bright spot’ for the Mac in the last quarter by analyst Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider. “Shipment growth of 40 percent in the region offset negative year-over-year growth in the U.S. and Europe.”
Shipments were down in the U.S. and Europe because Apple didn’t update any of its Mac lineup in the first quarter of calendar 2012,” Hughes reports. “But the lack of new products didn’t hinder growth in Asia-Pacific, where Apple easily outpaced the overall PC market’s year-over-year growth of just 3.6 percent.”
Hughes reports, “‘We believe the slowdown (in the March quarter) can be attributed primarily to the absence of any upgrades of Mac models during the quarter, which has typically been a catalyst for shipment growth,’ Wolf wrote in a note to investors on Thursday. ‘However, we expect Apple to upgrade both the iMac and MacBooks in June, in advance of the back-to-school buying season.'”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]