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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23 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

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

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wait......what?

8. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

15. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

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

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 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?

3. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

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

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

10. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 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' ?

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Right. Samsung sells 300M phones. Those are smart devices. Watches too maybe 500k or so. No article about it though!

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"No article about it though!' I wouldn't expect such an article regularly on this site, for the obvious reasons.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

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

5. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

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

6. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Know who

7. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

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

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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

21. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 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.

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I use selective reading with this guy.

23. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Yeah no need to give yourself a headache.

20. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

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