Apple looks like it will break another record for Mac sales, shipping 4.3 million Macs during the December quarter, according to consumer researchers and financial analysts. This comes on the heels of the previous quarter, which revealed a record 3.89 million Macs.
Despite the apparent record, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster views the NPD sales figures as a “neutral data point” because they mirror Wall Street expectations. However, Munster said the figures show international Mac sales are stronger than domestic demand for the Apple computers, indicating the Cupertino, Calif. company is on track for between 22 percent and 28 percent year-over-year growth.
Additionally, this quarter will be the first including sales of Apple’s new MacBook Air notebook. Apple will sell around 500,000 of the ultra-light notebooks, compared with 1.2 million iMacs, Munster predicts.
As for iPods, the NPD data indicates domestic sales of the digital media device to be higher than Munster’s predicted 8 percent drop in year-over-year sales. The analyst’s prediction of between 18.5 million and 19.5 million iPod sales for the December quarter is on track with Wall Street’s expectations for 19 million iPods sold.
Apple reported 9.05 million iPods sold during the last quarter, an 11 percent drop compared to the previous year.