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Apple sold more iOS devices in 2011 than Macs over 28 years

Apple sold more iOS devices in 2011 than Macs over 28 years
Horace Dedi, an analyst at Asymco, was looking at Apple's sales figures for its various products when he noticed an amazing statistic. Apple's iOS products had such a great year in 2011 that they outsold the number of Macs sold. Well, that sounds like no big deal, except that the iOS devices outsold the number of Macs sold in the entire 28 year existence of the product line. Last year Apple sold 156 million iOS devices while the total number of Mac sold  all time is 122 million.

Apple has sold 316 million iOS devices

Apple has sold 316 million iOS devices

The total number of iOS devices sold since the first one, the Apple iPhone, was launched in 2007 is 316 million. That means that nearly half of all iOS sales took place last year. And while iOS sales were led in the fourth quarter of 2011 by the record 37 million units of the Apple iPhone 4S that were sold, it is the large jump in sales of the Apple iPad that really helped iOS devices at the cash register. To date, Apple has sold 55 million of its tablets, a figure that surprises even Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Cook noted at a Goldman Sachs conference that while it took Apple 22 years to sell 55 million Macs, it took them 5 years to sell 22 million iPods and 3 years to sell that many Apple iPhones. As for the Apple iPad, Cook says the tablet is "on a trajectory that's off the charts." Speculation is that the next generation of the tablet to be introduced on March 7th with some changes to the design and specs of the device.

source: Asymco via AppleInsider

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posted on 19 Feb 2012, 17:25 5

1. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


That's a lot of lemmings.

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 18:06 4

3. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Why even comment if you are going to talk smack?

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 17:28 4

2. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 217; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


apple is such a successful company. What more can I say

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 18:45

4. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


Sing, sing a song make it simple so all the kids can sing along, sing along

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 20:25 1

5. manuell3g (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Yes apple is successful and it makes sense....most companies did not have the vision that consumers would want mobile devices that serve multimedia purposes than traditional laptops and desktops. When other brands were building and improving desktop pc's and laptops apple sat down to develop de iPhone.made sure it was out of class and marketed it well.made people believe it was the 1st phone to have what ever features it came with.apples success is a story of marketing and quick thinking.
They will continue to see success until other manufacturers work on improving their brands and better advertisements of their products....that is why Samsung is on the right track,it's the only company that can and has the ability to over throw apples success but even then it won't be this year or next.eventually they will get there and that will only happen when people come to finally understand the technicalities and functions of apple products and what android Samsung devices offer....if apple keeps going this same old way with ios they will meet their doom soon.

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 22:48

7. jove39 (Posts: 1318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...Apple has advantage of huge consumer base...other manufacturers have no such advantage...save for Microsoft...Windows 8 tablets will definitely have noticeable market share if priced right...Only if Microsoft could make tablets at $500 or help OEMs to build tabs at that price point...It'll be real threat to domination of iPad.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 08:05

13. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


AKA Apple successfully brainwashes people. And they are damn good at it.

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 22:42

6. jove39 (Posts: 1318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Funny...Apple has termed this as a cannibalization of mac and pc by iPad...and Apple seems to like it.

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 22:51 3

8. bbblader (Posts: 581; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


there are a very few people that would buy a $2000 Mac instead of a PC for $500

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 07:42 3

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


true & anyway who buys mac. world runs on windows

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 23:17 3

9. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Lets see, the average Mac computer costs about $1000, and iPhone costs $200. Gee, I wonder why they sold more iOS devices.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 00:15

10. samirsshah (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


I want a more horizontally elongated graph.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 08:04 1

12. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Macs are way too expensive. Thus, Windows has like over 1 billion users and Mac has to settle for less than 15% of that.

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