Apple’s 2014 Q2 Mac sales increased 18% year-on-year

Apple’s 2014 Q2 Mac sales increased 18% year-on-year

On Tuesday, Apple said that 4.4 million units of its flagship Mac range were sold by the company during the April-June 2014 quarter; thereby marking the highest-ever quarterly sales of the company's Mac computer systems.

With 34 financial experts surveyed by Fortune having projected Mac sales during the 2014 second quarter to be around 3.9 million, Apple has comfortably surpassed the analysts' expectations by 12 percent.

The Mac sales figures reported by Apple indicate that the company sold 18 percent more Macs in the 2104 second quarter than it did in the same quarter in 2013. The year-on-year growth rate of Mac sales underscores a growth rate which the personal computer (PC) industry has not seen since early 2010.

Reporting the impressive Mac sales figures for the 2014 quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's quarterly earnings call on Tuesday that the Mac had "a record June quarter;" and added that the "demand has been very strong for our portables in particular."

Against the backdrop of the highly notable Mac sales reported by Apple for the 2014 second quarter, Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheil said that the quarterly Mac sales figures were "pleasantly" surprising. Gottheil further added: "The rumors of the death of the personal computer are, of course, highly exaggerated."

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