Some Buyers Will Delay
Purchases"> Ben Hampton, a partner at Lafayette, La.-based Mac Friends, said that he has seen some people choosing to delay their purchase of a Mac, though not many. "We already have two customers waiting for Intel-based Macs," he said, adding that these customers are willing to wait until the end of 2006 or the beginning of 2007. However, Hampton said, "most of our customers arent even aware of the Intel transition," and he has seen growth in Mac sales due to iPod purchases."I think Apples timetable is about right," he said, though he noted that any delay beyond mid-2006 for the first line of Intel-based Macs "would be a problem.""I think Microsoft is really helping out Apple," Hampton said. "Their new operating system has had so many delays, its losing features and people dont seem to be having a positive response to the name." This combines, he said, "to make Apple look like a more positive choice." "We have definitely seen evidence of the halo effect," said Kevin Anderson, CEO and President of Computer Stores Northwest, headquartered in Lake Oswego, Ore. "Obviously a ton of Windows users are using iPods," he said. "We have had far more Windows users in our stores than ever before, and many end up buying Macs." "As for the Osborne effect, were seeing very little of that," Anderson said, "expect by the media and pundits and the usual small crowd who might be afraid of buying a computer because something faster and cheaper will be out next year." In fact, Anderson said, "the majority of our customers, frankly, are a bit oblivious to the whole thing, and thats really the way it should be. Its only one component of the computer, and really no different than when Steve Jobs announced that there would be a 3GHz G5 in a year," he said. As for what Apple could do to help smooth the transition when the Intel Macs arrive, Anderson said, "Just keep us informed as to what expected impact they may have, when they will ship, and then get us units as soon as theyre shipping." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on Apple in the enterprise.