Update, 2:24 PT Apple, enjoying the halo effect of selling iPhones, iPads, and iPods, said that it sold 4 million Macs during the company's third quarter, up 2 percent over the year-ago quarter.
That was in line with estimates. Before Apple's announcement, brokerage BGC Partners estimated that Apple would sell 4 million units in the quarter, partly because of an influx of first-time buyers. Apple had earlier gone on record noting that new users account for one out of two Macintosh computers sold in Apple stores.
However, the broader industry shift toward portable computers also affected Apple. … Read more