Are Macs again bread and butter?

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Intel Macs good, iPods and iPhones bad:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a7P1Rwb1qBVQ

What does this foretell for the future? Will Steve do a lot less palming gizmos and regain appreciation for the heart and soul?

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No, not Fred Qwerty!

The only prediction I have is that every coming year, just like every year for the past decade or more, some "expert" will come along with another doom and gloom prediction about Apple.
Last year or the year before iPod sales were going to drop off the face of the earth due to market saturation (or, laughably, the Zune), the Intel Macs were going to relegate Apple to being just another PC manufacturer and Mac sales would die, and so on...blah, blah, blah.

1) A lot of people love nothing more than to see the successful fail. Those stories are an easy sell.
2) Tech journalists with few exceptions don't know their bums from their elbows, at least concerning Apple.

One tech writer, for example, whose name is very much like an alternate keyboard layout, has made a career from (1) yet is living proof of (2).

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I'm guessing that Fred Qwerty

I'm guessing that Fred Qwerty is a way of saying that something is too easy to type up. I don't read doom and gloom from this report, but rather maybe a change in thinking leading to a change in strategy.

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The "doom and gloom" Apple ma

The "doom and gloom" Apple may/will see will be industry-wide. If the US falls into a recession, everyone who makes nonessential goods (i.e. iPods) will see slowing sales. With its profit margins, Apple won't have problems staying afloat, but its stock will take a bit of a beating. Worst case, Apple will slow down on R&D, so we'll see iPod product refreshes a little less frequently. Now is the time for Apple to strike with the Mac; Vista sales still suck, and with rumors of Windows 7 coming in 2009, people now are stuck in a lurch: replace the aging PC and suffer with Vista, or buy a Mac instead.

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Fred Qwerty is also a one-han

Fred Qwerty is also a one-handed name to type. Wink

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