KGI: Apple laptop sales to grow ~15% in 2018, beating iPhone and iPad YoY growth
Apple’s Macbook growth may be better than iPads and iPhones, KGI analyst predicts(AP)
Apple’s lineup of MacBook laptops is likely to show better year-over-year growth in unit sales than both the iPad and the iPhone, according to a new report from KGI. The analyst predicts Mac laptop unit shipments will rise between 13-16% in 2018, compared to about 7-10% for iPad and a maximum of 6% for iPhone.
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — known as the most trusted Apple analyst globally — is positive on the outlook for Apple Book, which is expected to see the best YoY shipments growth among Apple’s (US) main product lines (13-16 per cent) in 2018.
iPhone shipments are expected to grow just 4-6% and iPad shipments 7-10%.The analyst predicted Mac laptop unit shipments will rise between 13-16% in 2018, compared to about 7-10% for iPad and a maximum of 6 per cent for iPhone, 9to5mac.com reported on Friday.He also reiterated his prediction of a new more-affordable MacBook Air in the pipeline for release this year.
With the MacBook growth story healthy, KGI says that the Touch Bar MacBook Pro models are seeing a larger weighting in particular. This is good news from a financial perspective because the Touch Bar laptops are also the most expensive Mac-Book models in the lineup.
Ming-Chi Kuo reiterates his prediction of a new more-affordable MacBook Air in the pipeline for release this year. Digitimes has previously said a new 13-inch Retina MacBook is on the way.The rumor mill is also expecting minor revisions to other notebooks in the Mac-Book lineup, although specifics are still yet to leak out.