When it comes to the Digitimes Research division, we know one thing to be true: they are always going to have some information to consider. While it may not always be as accurate as we would like, it is helpful in getting a better idea of how particular companies, such as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), are performing.
This time around, its research division talked about the following: Taiwan notebook shipments enjoy growth in May
All in all, the report shows that vendors enjoyed shipment growth during the month of May. It also shows that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), along with HP and Acer, had “better shipment growth than other vendors in May.”
There are a couple of key notes to take from this piece, as far as Apple is concerned. Here is the first one:
“Apple has also started placing new notebook orders after finishing adjusting its inventory level. However, the delay of its new MacBook launch from June to August is expected to impact Apple’s shipment performance in June.”
It will be interesting to see what this type of delay could mean for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) during the month of June. Once consumers get a better idea of what the new MacBook is going to offer, there is a good chance that sales will slow as these buyers wait for the latest model to become available.
Here is another update on the market as a whole:
“The notebook market received an expected boost during the first day of Computex, as Intel officially introduced its fourth-generation Intel Core processor family (Haswell). The fourth-generation Intel Core processors are capable of delivering up to 15% better performance than the previous generation, and can bring a 50% improvement in battery life. Intel also expanded its range of Intel graphics and its Iris graphics, available on select SKUs, which can deliver up to double the 3D performance over the fastest current mobile Intel HD Graphics solutions, Intel claims.”
The major players in the notebook market, which includes Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), are expecting positive growth for the second half of 2013. Digitimes Research is looking for shipments to increase 10 percent during the final six months of the year. However, they are also predicting a year over year decline of nearly 10 percent.
If you are interested in learning more about where Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stands, the chart on the next page may be of interest to you: