Rather low, in the grand scheme of things.http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9MTg1OTB8Q2hpbGRJRD0tMXxUeXBlPTM=&t=1
In 2009 business year Apple sold 3,4 million desktops at an average unit price of 1400$. Mac Pros are likely to provide significantly less than 10% of the desktop numbers. Desktop numbers decreased by 14% while desktop sales volume decreased by 23%. Combined with increasing Mac Pro price it indicates that Mac Pro numbers must have considerably decreased to produce the above mentioned figures. So my personal guess is that Apple sold an average of 200,000 units during the years 2006 to 2009. This way less than 10% of the 10,4 million Macs sold in total.
This would result to 800,000 MacPro users world wide if we asume that substantially all units are still operational. I regard this a medium scenario. If you half or double the numbers you see that the reality should be between 400k and 1.2 million MPs users world wide and perhaps one or two on the dark side of the moon for the little green guys who listen to the greatfull dead.
Ok, let me explain the thinking behind my figure of 10 percent. I reckon that the iMac is pretty much average on Apples desktop pricing. Nevertheless it is more attractive than the mini as it provides an integrated quality screen and the mini only recently assumed a role as a home server. So my thinking is that the iMac did not pull down the average price. If there was a 15% Mac Pro share in desktops 2008 and 45% iMacs it means that 40% bought the mini. Now you get a hefty price rise in Mac Pros and the whole product chain drops a step. Let us say Apple ends up with 8% Mac Pros 47% iMac and 45% minis. The modified product mix and the reduced volume could well explain why they lost 9% more revenue than numbers. The imac is still neutral but the loss of high end Mac Pro versus the increase in low end minis is pulling the average down considerably. his would be consistent with the economic crisis where people are spending on reduced budgets.I tend to agree with gugucom's numbers given that he's stated the financial reports correctly. I would differ only in that I think Mac Pros make up between 10% and 15% of Apple desktops sold in 09 and not "significantly less than 10%" as he guessed.
Agree. For sure, I would NEVER guess the Mini has 40%. Maybe it too has 10% to 15%. So I guess it's Mini's < 20%, Pros < 20% and the rest is iMacs.I'd say gugucom's estimate is on a low side.
Hi...the vast majority (~75%) of folks considering a Pro will turn to a PC or Hackintosh before going for a mini or an iMac if they're discouraged with Pro for whatever reasons (probably price).
Apple report a different buying behavior of their clients which is more in line with my interpretation.Hi
I have the money for a Mac Pro, but only the mid/top range octocores seem to be future-proof (in the way that my 2GHz/2.5GHz G5s have been) and they are just too expensive to seem like a good buy at this time - effectively double the price of the G5s.
Whatever the figures for G5 usage - it was ~20% a year or two ago, less now - that's 100% made up of power users, small edit shops or design houses, who have effectively ceased (for the while) to be Apple customers
This seems to indicate that Mac Pro sales were replaced by iMac and iMac sales by Mac minis. Also the basic configuration may have been preferred to the BTOs in order to achieve the reported product mix changes. I see no other explanation other than Apple pricing themselves out of the tower business.Apple10-K_report said:However, net sales and unit sales of the Companys Mac desktop systems decreased by 23% and 14%, respectively, during 2009 compared to 2008. The decrease in net sales of Mac desktop systems was due mainly to a shift in product mix towards lower-priced desktops, lower average selling prices across all Mac desktop systems and a stronger U.S. dollar.
Yeah, that's a point too. Machines these days "can do" for longer periods. It used to be that a new wave of machines (usually every 2 years or so) meant almost 2X speed and performance increase and users who didn't upgrade were faced with production disadvantages or even software upgrades that couldn't move. For the past 6 or 8 years upgrades have been in much smaller increments - maybe a 0.3X from machines of THREE years previous and almost all of the software that worked OK when it was new can still work fine on the older machines after upgrading those apps. There are some production disadvantages but they're not nearly as pronounced! How that is affecting the difference between 2008 and 2009 sales numbers I have no idea and and couldn't guess the specifics.Hi
In the video editing and audio production forums I hang out in I've seen quite a few people purchase '09 Mac Pros, a steady ongoing trickle. That's probably more than I ever saw in the tower G5 or early Mac Pro era.
In the real world of media production no one even considers a hackintosh. The people who (re)turn to Windows are recent switchers to Mac who learnt Windows at a young age and can't give it up (their loss )
What I see everywhere (and I am one of them, a small owner-operated production setup) is G5 tower users still going strong on their old kit....