Notebook sales between April and June 2017 suggest that the MacBook brand is still very strong, while Acer's attempt to carve out a slice of the Chromebook market might be failing.

Apple recorded very strong notebook sales figures in the second quarter of 2017, thanks in no small part to the release of its revised 12-inch MacBook.

The company shipped an estimated 3.98 million units between April and June, which makes for an increase of 17.1 percent over the previous quarter.

In terms of global notebook shipments, Apple now sits in fifth place, just behind Asus — and the company is certainly gaining ground.

In the first quarter of 2017, Asus recorded a 9.7-percent market share while Apple could only muster 9 percent, but these results put both companies almost on a par with 10 percent each.

Apple is poised to record another significant increase when shipment results from the third quarter are announced, according to analysis from TrendForce.

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