“The Mac computer line that started it all for Apple is largely forgotten nowadays by analysts,” Jamal Carnette writes for The Motley Fool. “This is ironic given that Mac sales provided Apple’s second largest source of revenue last fiscal year, outpacing the iPad which dropped to No. 3. If a recent report from Gartner is true, moreover, Apple’s Mac line is also bucking the broader decline in the market for personal computers.”

“Overall, Gartner’s preliminary results show that the PC market declined to 288.7 million units, an 8% drop from 2014. The fourth quarter was no better, with an 8.3% drop in worldwide units sold compared to the year-ago period. Out of the six named vendors, only Apple stymied the decline by registering an increase,” Carnette writes. “Apple shipped 5.67 million units in the last three months of 2015, or Apple’s fiscal first quarter. That amounted to a 3% increase over last year’s 5.5 million units.”

Carnette writes, “The fact that Apple outperformed the broader PC market in units-shipment growth is a good sign, and a testament to Cupertino’s brand cachet.”

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