Originally posted by GordonComstock
That needs some perspective:
1) PM sales could be down because of PB sales. Face it. A fair number of high end desktop Macs in the past went to Creative "Managers" (CD's, AD's etc.) with the corner office and a perk list that included constant upgrades to the latest and greatest Mac setup. In reality, A PowerBook, although a G4, is enough for many of them. True, some have BOTH a PM and an PB, but I'd be willing to bet that a fair number have become increasingly satisfied with a PB only solution. After all, many don't need the power of a PM to review material and then poop on it.
2) Look at how the PM's have stagnated when it comes to upping the power in subsequent revs. I've got a couple of dual 2 Ghz G5's well equipped and I'm not hurting for more power. Lots of people pretend that that 5-10% increase in clock speed is SO freaking essential to their work, but they're caught up in the "gotta have it" game.
3) Do we really know how many PM's are sold in a quarter? What's the source of this data?
The raw PM numbers alone don't tell the story IMO.
1. I don't agree with that because many of the uses we have for the PM's are not able to be duplicated with PB's. They don't have the expandability needed in many pro settings. They simply don't take the place of a far more powerful PM. I know guys who use them for preliminary field work, but they do the real work back at the shop on the PM.
A lot of these "creative managers" as you call them, get iMacs for their desks.
I had 12 PM's in my company at the time we sold it. We had one PB.
2. Stagnation is one reason that sales have gone down. It remains to be seen whether or not the new models out now will change those numbers much. I'm hoping the Quad sells well. I'm getting one for myself in January.
The Mactel PM's won't be out for a while, so we can't speak about those sales yet.
3. Sure we do. While Apple doesn't release separate figures for all of their machines, it's known that they sold a bit more than 600 thousand desktops last quarter. The companies whose jobs it is to track these things, visit the manufacturing plants, speak to the distributors, take surveys of customers, etc. The numbers they come up with are pretty accurate. You notice that as a quarter goes on, their estimates become more in line with actual sales. After the quarter is over they can pinpoint these numbers pretty well from their work and from the numbers Apple puts out. They also get more information from their questions during the conference call.
You can find this information all over the place. You just have to look. Even here at insider. Several Mac sites will give these numbers along with which company puts them out. NPR is one large company that does this tracking.
eWeek, Forbes, BusinessWeek, and others have articles about this as well.
The quarterly report I get from Apple has a lot of information, that, if you follow this closely, will give you an idea as to what is selling.