Analyst Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company reported Friday that Mac sales are the strongest they've been in five years when compared against PC sales.
Over the holiday quarter, as 2013 wound to a close, Mac sales leaped while, once again, sales of personal computers running on Microsoft’s Windows fell further. Wolf found that during Q4 2013, Mac shipments climbed 18.1% over Q4 of 2012.
Apple sold 4.8 million Mac desktops and laptops during the last three months of 2013.
Wolf recently calculated that Apple has managed to keep the average selling price of a Mac computer at $1,300, despite rising tablet sales. Mac shipments exceeded PC shipments by 24.7% during the holiday quarter.
"The question we don't have an answer to is whether Mac shipment growth can overcome the headwinds of negative growth in PC shipments," Wolf cautions. "While the Mac represents a small fraction of Apple's revenues, it nonetheless is an important barometer of the health of Apple's ecosystem."
Source: Investor Place