According to several sources, sales of PowerBooks have slowed to the barest trickle on news that Intel-based PowerBooks will be released in the first quarter of 2006.
While many are opting to wait for the “latest and greatest” laptops, they are not the only Apple product line suffering. Sales of all Apple products have plummeted in recent weeks as the Intel switch has caused customers to realized that everything the company sells will one day be replaced by something better.
Writing for Infoworld magazine, columnist Tom Yager described his plan for making sure his next purchase of a PowerBook gets the ultimate bang for his buck.
“In an effort to get the best Apple product possible for my money,” Yager wrote “I plan on buying one five minutes before I die.
“In terms of price versus performance, those will be the most efficient minutes of my life. I can only hope that I won’t be in a coma or being slowly swallowed by an anaconda or locked in mortal combat with giant ants or some other situation where I can’t use my arms.”
Yager is not alone. All across the Macintosh community, customers were deferring purchases or declining delivery on previously ordered items.
Mac user Charles Gradin declined delivery on an AppleCare Protection Plan after reading that they will soon come in cooler boxes.
“If I’m going to get AppleCare for my Power Mac, it’s going to be in the shiniest, most bitching box it can possible come in,” Gradin said.
“That’s just the way I roll.”
Apple declined to comment on its troubles selling products, but a recent deal on the Apple Store listed 17-inch Powerbooks at “two for one.”