The recent update of Apple’s line of MacBook Pro computers will help the Cupertino, Calif. computer maker have its third consecutive 20 percent gain in quarterly Mac sales, an analyst told investors Tuesday.
“Mac momentum is strong, helped by a recent significant refresh of the MacBook Pro to new Intel Arrandale processors,” Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros. wrote. Along with a better price, Wu cited “an industry best 8-10 hours of battery life.”
Apple reported last quarter selling 8.94 million Macs, one reason the firm announced an 89 percent jump in profits to $3.07 billion. Wu’s expected Mac sales for the quarter inched up to 3.2 million from his previously projected 3.1 million.
In a related topic, Wu said the iPad 3G had a “surprising” launch with strong demand despite the new model costing $130 more than the previously released Wi-Fi-only version of the Apple tablet. Wu doubled his iPad 3G sales expectations for the June quarter to 2 million, up from his previous 1 million expectation. That 2 million figure won’t be difficult to achieve. Apple recently announced selling more than one million iPads in the first 28 days since it became available. International sales of the iPad are expected to expand May 28.