In 1984, Apple introduced the first Macintosh computer. At that time, the firm was known as Apple Computer. Over the years, the Mac has captured a beachhead in a small, but profitable segment. And as with other Apple products, Mac users have been quite loyal. However, today, Mac computers are less important to Apple. Below, we will learn why.
For other insights on Apple (the iPhone in particular), see: iPhone Dominance and Pricing Over the Years and As We Celebrate 10 Years of the iPhone, What Can We Learn from Apple?
And click the image of Steve Jobs for even more info on Apple’s early PC efforts.
Mac Computers Are Less Important to Apple
Over time, Apple Computer became Apple Corporation. The firm expanded into music, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watch, and more. In particular, the iPhone has been the backbone of Apple Corp. With the Apple Watch coming on strong.
“Confirming earlier reports, Apple recently unveiled the long-rumored new 16-inch MacBook Pro. The first major update to the MacBook Pro line in three years features a slightly bigger and sharper screen than its 15-inch predecessor. Also, Apple added louder speakers, better microphones, and an improved keyboard to the mix. Starting at $2,399, the 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with a similar price tag as the 15-inch version that it’s going to replace. The fact that the new member of the MacBook family was announced rather unceremoniously via press release speaks volumes of the role that the Mac is playing at Apple in 2019: a supporting role to the main act – the iPhone.”
“In fiscal year 2019, the company generated $25.74 billion in revenue selling what it was originally named after: computers. And while that makes Apple’s Mac business of 2019 roughly four times as large as it was at the turn of the century, selling laptops and desktop computers has never been less important to the company’s overall success as it currently is. Mac sales may have quadrupled over the past two decades, but Apple’s total sales increased more than 30-fold over the same period.”