Case in point: although the Mac’s market share is rising worldwide -- thanks in no small part to the halo effect of iOS devices -- desktop Macs contributed only $6.4 billion to Apple’s 2011 net sales of $108.2 billion. (Apple’s fiscal year wraps up at the end of September.) Savvy readers will have noticed that the $6.4 billion I cited was for desktop Macs only. MacBooks brought in over $15 billion, with sales up 36 percent over the previous year. While that may sound impressive, the new kid on the block, the iPad, bested all shapes and sizes of MacBooks taken together, earning $20 billion during the year. That’s impressive.
Today marks 70 years since the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, the catalyst for America leaping into World War Two. A rather somber day of remembrance for many of us, but the tech world isn’t about to stop, with no less than three major App Store events on top of a couple of juicy Apple product rumors as well. Let’s have a moment of silence for the 2,403 lost on that fateful day, then dive into what’s making tech news on this Wednesday, December 7, 2011.
Following updates on Apple’s retail store operations, CEO Tim Cook got down to business, sharing news on the company’s launch of OS X Lion and steep growth across every product category Cupertino has to offer.
Oh, Mac Pro… poor little neglected Mac Pro. All of your other family members have gotten the Intel bump this year with Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O ports, and yet you remain frozen in time, no longer the fastest Mac of them all. While we (im)patiently wait for a new version of you, here are a few things we’d like to see in your next incarnation.
Those of us who were Mac fans when Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1996 were a hardy bunch, having been through a rough 11 years since his departure. While the return was a cause for celebration to be sure, who could ever have imagined the wild ride that he would have taken the company on in the years to follow?
$999 is a magical price point for Mac computers, even though Apple rarely reaches that number. Perhaps that’s why it’s newsworthy that the company has quietly introduced a 21.5-inch iMac model aimed at the educational market -- with a few compromises, naturally.
Now that eighty percent of Apple’s five Mac product lines have been souped up with Intel Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O ports, desk-bound consumers may find themselves in a bit of a quandary as to which one to buy. Does it still make sense to buy an iMac with such a fully featured Mac mini now available? Read on to find out.
It’s not surprising that any number of things can go wrong during a major operating system upgrade, especially considering the potential number of different user configurations and computers available. OS X Lion has purred along for most users (UI changes aside), but that doesn’t mean one or two bugaboos can’t be lurking in the big cat’s furry mane.