Fellow blogosphere member Gene Steinberg on the Mac (the trend in sales is down):
First and foremost, the published reports are based on estimates, samplings, and they do not reflect the actual sales reported by Apple. You won’t know that until the 28th of the month.
Remember, only Apple reports actual sales numbers. Everything else is a guesstimate. Why the drop in sales, though?
We are clearly in the twilight of the PC era, where more and more personal computing functions are being taken over by smartphones and tablets. Indeed, I suspect more and more people would consider a tablet rather than a Mac or PC for their next purchase.
In other words, we’re keeping our Macs longer. My MacBook (aluminum, non-Pro) is turning five years old and works great.
So consider the MacPad, something that can run both iOS and OS X, assuming Apple can make an A-series processor compatible with the latter, perhaps in some sort of virtual machine layout that’s chip based to minimize performance loss. It would, on the surface, be an iPad, but an easily attached keyboard would make it a very thin and light MacBook alternative that could run all or most of your OS X apps.
Works for me. But can Apple pull off a hybrid that doesn’t incite disgust?