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.

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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13 Comments

1. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

That's a lot of lemmings.

3. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Why even comment if you are going to talk smack?

2. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

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

4. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

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

5. manuell3g

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 12, 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.

7. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

13. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

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

6. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

8. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

true & anyway who buys mac. world runs on windows

9. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

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

10. samirsshah

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

I want a more horizontally elongated graph.

12. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 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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