“According to NPD, Mac sales for the month of April in North America were flat year-over-year,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.
“Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who reported the data, says that’s a ‘neutral to slight positive’ data point for Apple, relative to expectations for its Mac business,” Paczkowski reports. “Why neutral? Munster’s own forecast calls for worldwide Mac sales for the June quarter to decline about 5 percent year over year. And last quarter supply issues hampered sales of Apple’s newer Macs. So if NPD is seeing flat sales for April, that potentially bodes well for the current quarter.”
Paczkowski reports, “Level Mac sales aren’t great, but they’re obviously better than down Mac sales… As Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly said, the iPad is now the company’s growth engine, not the Mac.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Most people, the car drivers, only need iPads to do what they do with computing. As those remaining who actually need personal computers, the truck drivers, gravitate to Mac, especially as the Dells and their ilk shut down their production lines, the rest of the world is going to wake up one day and be very surprised at the market share Apple Mac takes in the new, more compact personal computing market.