Return of the Mac - Apple computer sales up 50%

The Cupertino Juggernaut rolls on. Apple yesterday announced it 2.2m Macs sold in the first three months of 2008 - that's up 50% on the same period

The Cupertino Juggernaut rolls on. Apple yesterday announced it 2.2m Macs sold in the first three months of 2008 - that's up 50% on the same period last year, and comes despite reports of slow MacBook Air sales. 

Apple also sold 1.7m iPhones in the first three months of the year, although the company admitted that many of these were unlocked and shipped to countries where the iPhone isn't currently sold. Still, Apple reckons it's on track to hit its target of 10m iPhone sales by the end of the year - although it's unclear whether that will include sales of the rumoured 3G version which we hope is coming out sometime in June.

Rather less impressive were iPod sales, which seem to have hit a plateau despite the launch of the new range before Christmas and the more recent introduction of the 32GB iPod Touch.

Still, with first-quarter profits climbing above the $1billion mark for the first time, Steve Jobs is hardly likely to be crying into his turtleneck.

Read our Macbook Air review