Apple’s fourth quarter results show some interesting trends in demand for its hardware across the board. For the quarter, the company moved some 734,000 units total across its entire product line, a sequential quarterly drop of 9 percent and a 14 percent drop from the same quarter a year ago. All told, the company’s hardware sales comprised $1.094 billion of its $1.443 billion in revenue.
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The PowerBook G4 line saw a 38 percent drop in units sold from the previous quarter, from 94,000 to 58,000 units. That’s a bit better than the same quarter a year ago, when Apple moved about 57,000 units. Apple CFO Fred Anderson attributes weak sales of the PowerBook to continued economic issues among Apple’s professional consumers.
At 176,000 units sold, demand for the Power Mac G4 dropped year over year as well — Apple moved 248,000 Power Mac G4s for the same quarter in 2001. Apple saw the release of new dual-processor Power Mac G4s this quarter, however, which may help to explain why sales were up 5 percent quarter-to-quarter.
iBook demand continued strong — up 8 percent quarter to quarter to 182,000 units, but down year-to-year about 27 percent. Apple’s iMac figures (which include the 17 inch CRT-equipped eMac system) show a sequential drop of 16 percent to 318,000 units, but a year over year improvement of 8 percent.