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Apple will surpass Microsoft in shipments of smart devices this year

Apple will surpass Microsoft in shipments of smart devices this year
According to analytical firm Gartner, in 2017 Apple's shipment of smart devices (those running iOS and OS X) will surpass Microsoft's shipments of smart devices powered by Windows, for the first time. Gartner then estimates that Apple will continue to out ship Microsoft through 2019. Both firms have suffered through three years in a row of lower shipments of their smart devices. For Apple, that trend should end this year according to Gartner.

The analytical firm expects Apple to top Microsoft by shipping 18 million more units this year, increasing the gap to 28 million in 2019. The Windows vs. iOS match-up is really not indicative of the battle Apple faces. After all, if you were to include Google's open source Android OS in the picture, it would have a huge lead on both Apple and Windows. Of the 2.3 billion units shipped in 2016, only 11.2% were running Microsoft's Windows operating system.

Overall, Gartner sees overall device shipments coming in flat in 2017. The firm doesn't expect growth in the industry until the following year, 2018. As for Microsoft, it is hoping that Windows 10 Mobile, which is being used on third party enterprise phones like the HP Elite x3, grabs business from corporations used to having the Windows 10 experience on their desktop or laptop machines.


source: Computerworld via MSPoweruser

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posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:19 1

1. libra89 (Posts: 757; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


Kind of easy to do that when you are producing less?

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:23 2

2. kiko007 (Posts: 4838; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Wait......what?

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 21:45 2

8. libra89 (Posts: 757; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


I mean for Microsoft, not Apple. It seems like phones from them are hard to find. The Surface devices are Microsoft's light right now.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 22:24 1

11. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13127; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Micosoft ships less phones vs Apple.
MS only had the Lumia. The 950XL as nice as it is, is dommed to fail in sales do to running Windows.

If Nokia had went to using Android right away, the iPhone would be dead.

Because even Samsung would have had a hard time vs Nokia too. But still would be a strong 2nd place.

Even though the Surface had caught up to the iPad in market-share MS doesn't make any other hardware other than the Studio, which will itself do to pricing not ever be a mainstream PC.

But since the best Apple could do with the Mac Pro was make a garbage can out of it, the Studio could end up with similar sales numbers very fast.

But since MS doesn't have any tablet other than the Surface. They don't make a consumer grade desktop, they don't ship phones anymore...at least until the vaporware known as Surface Phone appears.

70& of Apple incomes comes solely from the iPhone. Without it they die. Apple had nothing to pick up the slack when iPhone sales drop even more.

Apple is probably gonna make a bit extra with the anniversary edition

Apple shipping 150~200M phones is way more than MS shipping phones and Surface. But MS has gone down with Lumia sales.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 23:43

15. jack123 (Posts: 256; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


The only phone brand that Nokia(Symbian) lost was iPhone( TouchScreen War).

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 23:45 1

16. Leo_MC (Posts: 2225; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Apple is a product of its own; maybe its growth would have been slower, had Nokia been adopted Android faster, but it would have grown (look at Mac Books).
Is there any reason for iPhone to fail?

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:31 1

3. fonelover (Posts: 247; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


Apple surpass Microsoft? Is it 2007? No 2017 how come?

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 21:51 2

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4189; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Post edit, your comment reads like you didn't read the article properly, no?
Lol

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 21:57 3

10. Klinton (Posts: 731; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


What a BS comparison.
Now the new ''category'' is just born. LOL
Well doctored, just to find way to promote Apple again.(cause nothing to brag there anymore)
Doesn't Samsung already surpassed MS already? Phones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches, Smart TVs ...smart refrigerators... and many other smart things we haven't heard.
WTF is this ''category'' : 'Smart Devices' ?

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 22:33 3

12. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13127; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Right. Samsung sells 300M phones. Those are smart devices. Watches too maybe 500k or so.

No article about it though!

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 23:47 2

17. trojan_horse (Posts: 3684; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"No article about it though!'

I wouldn't expect such an article regularly on this site, for the obvious reasons.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:35 1

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 4842; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Hard to say who will dominate this year. So much is coming to the table right now.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:46 1

5. sissy246 (Posts: 3428; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Exactly
There is no why this early in the year for anyone to k of who will out do who.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:47

6. sissy246 (Posts: 3428; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Know who

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:56 6

7. steodoreben (Posts: 354; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Gartner is a joke. There are many Microsoft OEMs in the market.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 22:34 1

13. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13127; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


But we aren't talking OEM sales. Its Microsoft's own sales.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 22:54 4

14. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13127; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Alan must the writer here that makes the most money from Apple.

Alan you must be desperate to keep attention on Apple for something that isn't even important.

Why don't you write and article about how much the iPad Pro sucks and how nothing it does ring in Pro in any form.

Why not talk about with all the money Apple has, isn't the iPhone better than it is.
The iPhone has 3 cameras and all 3 of them suck vs the competition.
They change the phone button, vs just spending a couple bucks to waterproof it, like everyone else. Some for the headphone jack. Yet it has a lower IP label vs the competition.

The Galaxy S5 was certified IP67 2 years ago. The first waterproofed iPhone is not even "better" than that?

Explain the firing of speaker away from the ears of the listener?

Explain how $5 headphones that are now wireless are worth $160 when they don't even sound that much better than the free ones on in the box?

Why didn't they design the headphones to be used by more ears by adding ear adapters like everyone else does so that more people can fit them.

I mean if you make a product more people can use, more people will use it.

Why try to make every thing a niche product when it doesn't have to be?

Apple is making some dumb mistakes. The Apple Watch is just as bad as a first generation Gear from Samsung.

With all this money you all brag about and with all their sales, their product could be better. But instead they rather milk the market like Nintendo and Sega use to do with short increases in power and features. Which is why the Xbox took off. One system lasting 5 years instead of one year.

Apple is falling apart. Tim Cook is not a leader. Tim Cook was to Job as Pipen was to Jordan.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 23:50 1

18. Leo_MC (Posts: 2225; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Apple has been making everything you have said just to piss you off and to make write that on Phonearena; in fact, Apple does not exist, it's just a fragment of your imagination - you know you live in the Matrix, right?
Now shut up and start producing more power so that the machines could get to Zion.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 00:23

19. kiko007 (Posts: 4838; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


OK.......I genuinely lol in my kitchen. Scared the hell out of my gf apparently.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 00:55

20. ianbbaa (Posts: 332; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


This is exactly what i was thinking all the time... I am not in any war apple vs Samsung or any other oem, but when i got ipad mini 2 to replace my note 8 tablet - i was wondering why that dumb device is double so expensive as the note 8. No multitasking no split screen that time - all those features i fully used in note 8 wasn't there- it just had perfect sound when playing music but that i never do on such a small devices so after 2 months of trying i sold the ipad and till now rocking that note 8.
Same goes for a phone... I kept S5 cause ir blaster fingerprint and ANT+... I am not a gamer so my older devices still running fine for those tasks they were made for.

Apple is just liking those small minded poor people that think they get a bit more iq and become VIP owning some overpriced logo.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 01:33

21. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1673; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Did you actually read his rambling? I didn't read his long ass essay but I get the feeling he's just butthurt like the rest of the s-sheep. Good post though.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 02:06

22. Leo_MC (Posts: 2225; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I use selective reading with this guy.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 03:40

23. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1673; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Yeah no need to give yourself a headache.

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