Macintosh sales

2016 Mac Computer Accessory And Peripheral Trends

Quarterly Apple Macintosh Sales
The sales numbers of Apple Macintosh systems have been quite healthy and relatively consistent the past few years. As of 2016 Apple continues to ship between four to five million Mac desktops and MacBooks each quarter. While there hasn't been steady upward growth - the stability has occurred in an industry where laptop and desktop PC system sales have collapsed in the face of a massive shift towards cellphone and tablet computing platforms. The Personal Computer isn't dead, but it's suffering as consumer's interests and wallets have headed in a highly mobile, handheld direction.

Increasingly Mobile Apple Users:

Sadly, this slump in traditional computing HAS had a drastic impact on more conventional desktop and laptop computer accessory makers. And that impacts the computer accessory market for Macintosh peripherals as well. Logitech has struggled recently - same can be said of Creative Labs and others - as sales dwindled and they had to retool their thinking and product lines to address an ever-more transportable and often battery powered, rechargeable, wireless, compact and lightweight product trends to adapt to mobile computing devices like the Apple iPad and iPhone.

Some of the categories most impacted by conventional PC and Mac computer accessory makers:

Computer Speakers:

Here Bluetooth (and to a lesser extent Wireless AirPlay) speakers rule the day as people want speaker systems that can move from room to room or take with them on the go. Rechargeable, compact and lightweight for use with any computing device. It's putting a lot of pressure on the desktop speaker market, that's for sure.

Mac & iOS Keyboards:

The trend here is towards a Bluetooth wireless keyboard that works on a Mac AS WELL AS A HANDHELD gadget like the iPad or iPhone when needed. Keyboards with on-key icons highlighting both OSX and iOS specific functions have an edge.

External Web Cameras:

Still an important market for those desktop and laptop users who need and want the versatility of an external, Mac compatible webcam. But the vast majority of personal computers being sold are laptops anyways, where a built-in webcam is standard issue.

Inkjet and Laser Printers:

These days, printers MUST by and large offer Wireless Wi-Fi and Apple AirPrint compatibility for mobile devices.

Desktop & Portable Scanners:

Already largely cannibalized by the All-In-One printer market, the selection of standalone flatbed scanners are in a noticeable decline. USB powered document scanners for mobile professionals - or scanning wands with built-in memory chip are more in demand for mobile users.

Mac Drive Storage:

The need for Mac data backup hasn't changed, and handheld devices data files are often synced and backed up from a traditional computer. Here, the bying trend is in cheap but faster USB 3.0 Portable Drives for Mac making up the lion's share of the market, with big full-size desktop hard drives appealing to a much smaller group of consumers.

SSD Drive Technology:

Whether it's USB 3.0 or ThunderBolt storage, the rapidly dropping cost of Mac compatible SSD drives is making the most out of these very high speed interfaces. With most Mac laptops and Macintosh desktops offering SSD or Apple Fusion solid-state / hard drive options, TimeMachine backups or OSX drive cloning is a breeze with ThunderBolt or SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external drives.

USB 3.0 Type-A To USB 3.1 Type-C Connections:

The transition to USB-C SuperSpeed+ PLUS has had a slow and rocky start. 12 Retina MacBooks featured the connector in early 2105 - and now it's Mid-2016 and Apple has yet to offer any other Mac models with USB-C ports.