In a recent analyst forecast, Mac sales are expected to decline as a demand for the iPad continues to increase. According to a report by BMO analyst Keith Bachman, the last two quarters of 2012 will be challenging for Apple due to high demand for the iPad and expectation of a new iPhone. The prediction probably goes hand to hand with the possible leaked pictures of the next-generation iPhone and the rumored iPad Mini which surfaced recently.
Due to the predictions for the two iOS devices, Bachman lowered his Mac sales forecast by 1.6 million units, while raising iPad sales expectations by 3.8 million. This trend was shown as being continued for the next six quarters as Bachman predicts a reduction in Mac sales by 40% of the increased iPad sales. According to Bachman, Apple will sell roughly 20.18 million Macs in 2013, down from the previously estimated 21.38 million.
Despite the numbers shrinking, investors shouldn’t worry as the overall projections continue to increase. Bachman wrote the following in his note:
Moreover, we think Apple shares will respond in a positive way to the pending launch of the new iPhone, as we look to year-end.