Buried in Apple's sales figures for the recently concluded holiday quarter is an interesting statistic: The laptop line (MacBook, Air and MacBook Pro lines) exceeded 70 percent of Macintosh sales for the first time ever.
Why? Certainly, the introduction of new MacBook and MacBook Pro models with Apple's unibody aluminium enclosure were an overdue update to the lineup.
But there's more to the story. Apple's laptop sales are, just like PC laptops, trending a larger and larger part of Apple's mix. This growth is more the result of Apple selling greater numbers of notebooks rather than cannibalization of its desktop market.
From October to December 2008, Apple sold 728,000 desktops - a 26 percent drop from Q1 2008, and a 14 percent rise over desktop sales in Q1 2007. But MacBook sales records were smashed with a surprising 1.8 million units sold in that quarter. That's more than twice the quarterly figures from 2006.