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Apple Approaching Sales Of 20 Million Mac Units

Apple could have sold up to 4.6 million Macs by the end of this quarter which would put it on course to beat the company's previous record of 4.1 million units sold during the holiday season in 2010.

According to the oft-quoted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster (via Businessinsider (opens in new tab)), Apple sales are up by nearly a quarter for the first two months of the quarter ending in September with the company likely to sell up to 4.6 million Macs and, should the growth be maintained, even be within touching distance of the five million unit milestone.

The new Macbook Air range is what looks to have boosted the growth with various analysts estimating that the ultra slim laptop range - widely believed to be behind Intel's drive to launch the ultrabook range - accounting for up to a fifth of Mac sales in the current quarter.

Apple had been previously slated by observers for not launching a netbook a few years ago just as the trend for the ultra cheap, ultra portable devices was seen as a threat to Apple's product range and many saw the Macbook Air as being Apple's answer to Netbooks, only better.

Next year could also see the launch of a new breed of non-Intel devices based on Apple's own A6 ARM-based system on chip, which is likely to be a quad-core model.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.