Originally posted by vinea
ROFL. Nice spin. I guess the comments like "stronger than expected" dont fit your opinion and so aren't (mis) quoteworthy. The "relatively solid demand" comment comes from checks for sales at CompUSA. I did not find any instance of "relatively strong" in the AppleInsider article. That seems pretty good for CompUSA since that's not typically where I'd go to find a mac.
Mini sales evidently were not hurt badly and even if they were hurt there was no direct evidence that price was the key factor (and not say the integrated graphics).
But for both sets of naysayers (price and integrated graphics) it seems the mini has turned out well for Apple thus far.
It's not spin. But if you can't bear the idea than any Apple product isn't doing just "great", then you will spin it yourself. After all, no one had any idea that the sales of the cube, which was hailed, and advertised heavily by Apple, were so poor that Apple would feel compelled to discontinue it. Only after that happened did we find out that they had sold only 50,000 units a quarter.
I'm certainly not saying that here. But, the Mini has been described as a modest sucess. It is outsold by the iMac, confounding the predictions.
What you don't seem to be getting, is that sales numbers from CompUsa will reflect sales numbers anywhere else. If Apple did what most every other company did, then they would break down sales numbers, and let it be known just how each model is doing. As they refuse to allow even the most basic information out, the only way to get a handle on it is to check third party retailers. If you bothered to listen to the investor conferance call that Apple had, you would see just how difficult it is to pin them down on almost anything. Most questions involving numbers are answered with "we can't tell you that because of competitive reasons".
While I'm not saying that Apple must give all of this out, as they have in the past, investors have to find out the numbers in a different way.
If CompUsa's numbers rise or fall, that will reflect what is happening in Apple's own stores, or on their site.
A "stronger than expected" doesn't tell us anything about absolute numbers. If Apple had been selling about 225,000 units a quarter, the estimated number before the switch, and the expected numbers were 175,000, a significant drop, but ended up being 190,000, then they would be "stronger than expected", but still disappointing.