Whatever happened to... the Apple Mac?
MacWorld PreviewThe success of the iPod, Apple's biggest ever consumer hit, was bound to overshadow the company's mainstay business in 2004. Clearly, the importance of the breakthrough can't be underestimated; the iPod isn't just a beach head into new markets, but a wildly successful product that's still in its infancy. But perspectives were lost. On several occasions pundits asked us to try and remember the far off days when Apple "sold more Macs than iPods", although that era only ended on 30 March last year, when iPod units sales surpassed CPU sales for the first time. In the numbers that really count: revenue, margins and profit, the Macintosh remains Apple's core business. So where did it go?
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