Domestic sales figures from the first month of holiday quarter of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) have indicated that the company is running on track to sell 4.8 million Macs within the three-month span. That also indicated a decrease from previous year.
Mac sales in the US for the month of October were down 16% year over year, as per the most recent data from NPD Group. However, Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster has noted that Mac sales have gone beyond NPD figures by an average figure of 12% points in the past three quarters. Total Mac sales were down 4% year over year.
Munster’s predictions note Mac sales to be down 40%, as compared to September. That is a normal seasonal trend as back-to-school sales end, as told by Munster. He said that the focal point of December quarter probably will be on sales of iPhone 5 units. Supply checks indicate that supply of iPhone 5 has improved considerably over the last 3 weeks.
This quarter will cover sales of the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and also the Mac minis operating on Ivy Bridge processors and a revamped iMac that is slated to arrive later this month. However, sales of Apple’s Mac computers are subjugated by portable machines and the volume of the MacBook lineup of the company was refreshed earlier this year. The latest updates feature more of desktop devices, though.
It was a year back when Apple had set a record by selling 5.2 million Macs in the December quarter of 2011. That had represented a 26% rise from the same period in the year 2010.
It was last year when Munster had interpreted NPD’s October sales data accurately in projecting Mac sales for the quarter. Munster said that the sales figures revealed Apple was on pace to sell somewhere between 5.1 and 5.3 million Macs in that particular quarter.