Apple’s Mac Business Might Shrink For First Time Since June 2003

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The Business Insider is reporting that Apple is expected to report 2.1 to 2.2 million Mac sales in the last quarter ending March 31, 2009. That would represent a Y/Y decline in Mac shipments, a first for Apple since June 2003!

Dan Frommer reports that “Apple’s Mac business is somewhat cyclical and not completely dependent on the broader PC market.” For example, when Apple transitioned from IBM’s CPUs to Intel’s there was a steep drop in Mac sales at the end of 2005 through the beginning of 2006. Apple’s Mac product line also has an impact. Models that are not refreshed quickly enough tend to have a negative impact on sales.

Of course, I’m expecting Apple to announce a new iPhone and possibly a netbook in June. And the kicker being that Steve Jobs will be back by then.

Source: The Business Insider

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