Apple saw nearly 50 per cent more sales of Macs to Australians in the fourth quarter of 2004, according to IDC figures.

At 49.1 per cent, Australian IT states that this was the fastest growth recorded by any personal computer maker. It means that Apple can claim a 4.1 per cent share of the Australian PC market – it previously had a 3 per cent share.

This news means Apple is now the sixth largest computer vendor in Australia.

IDC analyst Michael Sager noted that the largest sequential growth of all vendors in Q4 2004 went to Apple, and said: "Apple seems to be finally benefiting from the iPod halo effect."