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Nov 10, 2005, 10:44 AM
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Qunchuy
Nov 10, 2005, 12:23 PM
The demand for Macs, particularly for the tech aware, has been steadily dropping since the Intel announcement. Yet, even with the switch dragging sales of Macs down the platform continues to grow at a rate outpacing the competition.
Can someone explain to me what this is supposed to mean? How can demand be dropping and sales be going down at the same time the platform is growing faster than the competition?

mdavey
Nov 10, 2005, 12:50 PM
Can someone explain to me what this is supposed to mean? How can demand be dropping and sales be going down at the same time the platform is growing faster than the competition?

"Demand dropping" means that they are selling less month after month.
"Switch dragging sales down" means that in the authors eyes, sales would be higher than they currently are if Apple hadn't announced the switch.

Growing faster than the competition is a relative term. Eg if Mac sales for September was 20 and PCs were 1900 (5% and 95% of the market respectively) but in October Mac sales were 18 and PCs were 1600 (10% and 90% of the market respectively) then all the statements would be true.

neocell
Nov 10, 2005, 12:51 PM
Can someone explain to me what this is supposed to mean? How can demand be dropping and sales be going down at the same time the platform is growing faster than the competition?
I would interpret this to mean that less hardware is being sold, though more copies of OS X. The article just basically says the analyst is an idiot and there's tonnes of other reasons for the sale numbers rather than people switching (which I completed agree with).

solvs
Nov 11, 2005, 02:03 PM
There is growth, and it is higher than the PC industry, but it's not as high as it could be thanks to the upcoming switch. I think that's what they are trying to say. There is no slow down though. People are buying more and more Macs every month. The rate of the increase may be slowing down a bit though as we get closer to Intel. At least among the tech savy.