Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 22:09 UTC
Apple "Apple Inc reported quarterly revenue that slightly missed Wall Street expectations as sales of its flagship iPhone came in below target, sending its shares down more than 4 percent. The world's largest technology company shipped 47.8 million iPhones, lower than the roughly 50 million that Wall Street analysts had predicted. Sales of the iPad came in at 22.9 million in the fiscal first quarter, about in line with forecasts." I'll leave the financials to the experts, but one thing that stood out to me: Apple sold 4.2 million Macs, almost a million below expectations. How much of a future does desktop computing have at Apple? Update: The NYT/Reuters changed the title during the night. Fixed it.
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by thegman on Thu 24th Jan 2013 10:07 UTC
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I think Apple will continue to sell desktop/laptop computers. As well as tablets and phones sell, people don't *need* tablets, and whilst they probably *need* a phone, most people are buying them somewhere else.

Tablets, being fashion driven, will slow in sales and at the same time become commoditized. On the other hand, if you want a desktop computer, there really are only two choices, Mac or PC.

At my work, people have tablets, phones and desktops. You can do without any of them apart from the desktop, as without that, you cannot do your job. That's a good place to be, selling something that people *need* not what they *want*. Needs change slowly, Wants change overnight with the fashion.

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