“While some pundits speculate that Mac lineup could be on the way out in favor of the iPad, Apple’s traditional notebooks and desktops outpaced the overall PC market by nearly 25 percent last quarter, representing the largest margin separating the two in five years,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Apple’s successful holiday quarter was highlighted this week by analyst Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company, who questioned whether the strong performance by the Mac is ‘a one-quarter blip’ amidst a sinking PC market,” Hughes reports. “Mac shipments grew 18.1 percent in the December 2013 quarter, which outpaced the overall PC market by 24.7 percent.”

“Overall PC shipments, which are dominated by Windows machines, have been shrinking year over year for the last seven quarters. Apple has also seen its Mac shipments decline in some quarters, but the company has still gained market share vs. Windows PCs in all quarters since 2005 but one,” Hughes reports. “As for Apple’s particularly strong growth in the December quarter, where it posted sales of 4.8 million units, that was aided by a favorable year-over-year comparison: In the same period in 2012, Apple faced a severe shortage of its redesigned iMac, which limited Mac shipments in the quarter. That ended up being the lone quarter where PC shipments outgrew the Mac.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote earlier this month:

The real story of Macintosh will be told in future quarters, not in comparing an anomalously botched quarter [4.1 million units] to a quarter in which Apple had ample product to meet demand [4.8 million units].

In holiday quarter 2011, Apple sold 5.198 million Macs.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Lynn Weiler" for the heads up.]