Mac sales are up as the PC industry shrinks

While the PC industry is shrinking as a whole, Apple's Mac sales are up according to new data from NPD showing sales are significantly higher this year.

All Things D says the NPD data cited by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster shows Mac sales rose by an impressive 31 percent year over year for the month of January. Munster believes that the reason for this significant improvement is due to Apple catching up with iMac supply, however the Apple Store still has a wait of two-to-four week shipping times so it seems Apple could still do more to meet demand.

In Apple's last earnings report, CEO Tim Cook said that iMac supplies had not been what the company had hoped:

 We left the quarter with significant constraints on the iMac. And we believe … that our sales would have been materially higher if those constraints weren’t there.”

Cook then went on to promise that Apple would work to increase iMac production, however he warned that the supply-demand balance may be something of a moving target in the short term.

On iMac, we are confident that we are going to significantly increase the supply. But the demand here is very strong, and we are not certain that we will achieve a supply-demand balance during the quarter.

Another likely reason for the major bump in Mac sales is that more users want to be in Apple's entire ecosystem having already picked up iPhones and/or iPads. The benefits of syncing services between devices may be driving users to purchase Macs.

Source: All Things D | Image: Apple

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This article is completely and UTTERLY POINTLESS. The source just basically says that mac sales are up in january cus they didnt have any imacs to sell at the end of the year and the only reason its so high is because there basically fulfilling back orders along with current sales for the month.

No where does it say ANYTHING about mac sales increasing and PC sales declining. Stop posting bull**** news to incite a flame war. Useless article

It wasn't posted to incite a flame war, it was posted to create discussion. Actually the Jan increase goes up year over year so it isn't just due to fulfilling back orders.

last quarter mac sales were down %20,because apple said they didn't have a certain item for sale. but a month later they did and mac sales are up. WOW WHAT A ****IN REVELATION

source article "According to NPD data cited by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Mac sales rose 31 percent year over year for the month of January. Why? Simple. Said Munster, “We believe the reason for the significant improvement in the sales data is primarily due to Apple catching up with iMac supply.”

Cus there catching up with supply, what about december? sales would have fallen year on year... read!

That's kind of odd, considering I've heard less and less people talking about Mac's or OSX since the whole "the desktop is dead" thing... Heck when was the last huge Mac announcement? The last iMac announcement seemed kind of toned down, the last big one seemed like it was the MacBook Air and that was a few years ago now... OSX hasn't had any huge changes lately or big announcements... sure they've had minor revisions, but at this point Apple needs to shake things up by making Mac OS 11 or something..

CSharp. said,

Why?

why? the same reason MS had to change windows... OSX market share is minuscule compared to Windows, they need a game changer like iOS was or OSX will continue to fade off into the sunset

Mac sales are on the rise because windows 8 has completely bombed at retail, those of you who work at the retail level know this to be 100% true and this was predicted long before windows 8 was released.

Order_66 said,
Mac sales are on the rise because windows 8 has completely bombed at retail, those of you who work at the retail level know this to be 100% true and this was predicted long before windows 8 was released.

Don't you dare point out that the public hates the Start screen UI.... Dot Matrix will kill you! sadly it's the truth, bad PR has turned windows 8 at the public level into Windows Vista, you hear just as many "I heard that....." comments on windows 8 as you did on windows vista... you didn't get that in windows 7...

Lol. Poor people buying Macs. Windows 8 on touch screens is so nice I cant imagine wanting a non-touch OS ever again.

Of course it will be a little while before I can afford a touch screen monitor for my desktop but a year from now they will probably be lower in price. =)

Scabrat said,
Lol. Poor people buying Macs. Windows 8 on touch screens is so nice I cant imagine wanting a non-touch OS ever again.

Why are people 'poor' because they have a difference preference to you?

Labelling each other is not strictly discussion; I know this is the Internet but could we at least attempt some intelligent comment?

BavonWW said
Labelling each other is not strictly discussion; I know this is the Internet but could we at least attempt some intelligent comment?
Don't hold your breath.

It doesn't matter if Mac sales are growing. It doesn't mean it'll stay that way. Plus, PC's are going to be around for a very long time.

Mac's are no better than PC's just like PC's are no better than Mac. In today's world of technology, you can do just as much on either machines.

It's not difficult for a company with such a small share of the desktop computer market to show an increase in sales and as captain Tim is quoted as saying last year sales were down.

Albert said
maybe windows fanboys are buying mac. after all. a bloated o.s. needs an expensive p.c. ho ho ho.
Windows isn't bloated on it's own. It's the OEM's that put their software in the OS.

Hahah, where are all those people that kept shooting those of us that were seriously concerned about Windows 8 being the end of Windows?!?!?! I still hate Apple for what it is, but I feel vindicated by these results. Windows 8 is seriously unproductive and it was stupid of MS to screw over laptop productivity for a touch interface. Those two ladies that drove Metro and are now the heads of Windows simply because they are women, enjoy being there for the end of Windows and PC's.

Windows 8 may seem unproductive at first, but once you get used to it, you'd probably like it. If you really (honest and truly) can't get used to it, then you should install a third-party program that brings back the Start Menu. It's better than downgrading to an older, inferior version of Windows.

Windows 8's a big change and it takes a little time. Just like Windows 95 took a little time to get used to. Once people got used to it, they loved it.

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