Macintosh Computer Anyone?


As most of you probably already know, we're real Mac lovers here at MW Web Design. As a not-so-little "mom and pop shop" based in North Vancouver, BC, we've worked in the Macintosh sales, service and support industry for many years (read more about our experience with Macintosh computers). Today's announcement of record Apple sales and profits came as a real treat to Mac users around the world. If you haven't yet read the news, Apple reported its financial results today for its best-ever quarter with record sales of 26.7 billion dollars and a record profit of 6 billion dollars — breaking all previous records in the company's history.

If someone ever happens to say to you "who uses Macs these days?", think about today's announcement for a moment. Apple sold over 19 million iPods, over 16 million iPhones, over 7 million iPads and over 4 million Macintosh computers in the past quarter alone. Apple has now sold more than 160 million iOS devices to date*. Apple has sold almost 300 million iPods worldwide since their introduction in October of 2001. As we noted back in November of 2010, Apple announced that one out of every five retail computers now sold in the US is a Mac during its "Back To The Mac" Media Event which was held on October 20th, 2010. Who uses Macs? Millions and millions of us do with more and more joining the Apple bandwagon each and every day in favor of the Mac's ease of use.

This news couldn't have come at a better time for Apple, its fans and technology lovers alike. Yesterday, Steve Jobs announced that he is taking another medical leave of absence to focus on his health. As one of the true visionaries of our generation, Steve Jobs has done more for the computer industry than anyone else we can possibly think of. Unveiled in January of 1984, his Macintosh 128K was the first commercially successful personal computer to come with a mouse and a graphical user interface (GUI) even though some considered it to be nothing more than a "toy" at the time (this computer, by the way, set the standard for desktop publishing, graphic design and you guessed it — web design). We all know the story from there. The rise and fall of Apple. The return of Steve Jobs to Apple in late 1996 and the return to profitability. The iMac. The iPod. The iPhone. The iPad. The list goes on.

That was quite the "toy" Apple introduced 27 years ago. Make no mistake about it. It was a toy that changed the world forever thanks to Steve Jobs. Having said that, we wish you the best, Steve. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Get some well-earned rest and get well soon. We will patiently wait for your priceless keynote presentations and your insanely great product announcements — all in good time once you're back.

[Updated 07.19.11] Apple broke more records again today reporting a quarterly revenue of 28.57 billion dollars and a quarterly profit of 7.31 billion dollars. The company sold 20.34 million iPhones and 9.25 million iPads during its fiscal 2011 third quarter which ended on June 25th, 2011.

* Examples of devices which use the iOS (previously called the iPhone OS until June of 2010) are the iPod Touch, the iPad, the second generation Apple TV and of course, the iPhone itself.

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