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iPad sales to have ‘slight’ negative impact on Mac sales

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Although previous reports have stated the latter, strong sales of the iPad are expected to have a “slight” negative impact on Mac sales, particularly on the low-end notebook models from Apple, according to analyst Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros.

In a note to investors Monday morning — as reported by “AppleInsider” (http://www.appleinsider.com), he said overseas suppliers have indicated that the iPad appears to be “slightly cannibalizing” low-end MacBook sales. Otherwise, Apple is poised for a strong quarter in Mac sales, with numbers indicating the company could sell a record 3.8 million in the September quarter.

Wu has adjusted his sales figures accordingly, notes “AppleInsider.” He has forecast Apple to sell 5.7 million iPads in the September quarter, up from his previous prediction of 3.6 million. He has also slightly reduced his expected Mac sales to 3.8 million, down from 3.9 million, due to the apparent cannibalization of low-end MacBooks.

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