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MacBook Air and Mac Mini Behind Record Mac Sales for Q3 2011

design_unibody2.jpgBusiness Insider is reporting on data from NPD, a market research firm, which shows that U.S. Mac sales are up 22% year-over-year in the first two months of Q3 2011. If that kind of performance were to continue throughout the duration of this quarter, it would mean Apple is headed for a new record in Mac shipments for a quarter. Of course, the new MacBook Airs and Mac Minis, which were just released in July, are responsible for much of this growth.

The report also notes that analysts have projected 16% growth for the full quarter, with Mac sales likely slowing down in September after the back-to-school rush. That said, Apple is said to still be on course to ship some 4.5 million Macs this quarter. That would beat Apple’s previous best quarter wherein they sold 4.13 million Macs.

On a similar note, iPod sales are down 16% year-over-year for the first two months of this Q3. Even as bad as that sounds, it puts Apple is a better position than what was believed to be the case by analysts. The iPod touch seems to be the only model propping up the line of devices, as consumers are moving toward devices such as the iPhone, to do more things like music, video, photos, and communication.

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