While iPad sales continue to plummet, the same can't be said for Apple's venerable Mac. During the last quarter alone, Apple sold 4.7 million Macs, representing a 9% increase from the same quarter a year-ago.
And now comes word that Apple's Mac sales may get a small little boost in the form of a commitment from IBM to purchase upwards of 200,000 Macs annually. While the notion of IBM purchasing computers from Apple is somewhat surreal in a historic sense, the agreement shouldn't come as much of a surprise given IBM and Apple's recent collaboration on all things iPad.
Word of IBM's new Mac-friendly initiative comes in the form of an internal video in which we see IBM CIO Jeff Smith talking about a conversation he had with Apple CIO Niall O'Connor.
"I'd like to be able to offer these to everyone that can use it. We've got to find a way to make the overall cost the same or lower than PCs to make that happen. Would you be interested in helping me do that, because you guys know these devices", and he said, "No, Jeff, we'd never do that...very secretive, we never allow anyone in. You know, we just don't do that."
And I said, "Well who's your largest corporate customer?" And he said "Well, that customer has got about 25,000 MacBooks a year." And I said, "Well we could be 150-200,000." And he goes "Jeff, that's a great idea! We're gonna come here, you know, next week...you bring your whole team," and that's exactly what happened.
Big money talks, apparently. While nothing is yet signed and inked, its not far fetched to imagine IBM jumping on the Mac bandwagon sooner rather than later.
Video of the aforementioned video can be viewed below.