Battle of the OSes: Apple to eclipse Microsoft, Android to eclipse both combined (in terms of units shipped)

Battle of the OSes: Apple to eclipse Microsoft, Android to eclipse both combined (in terms of units shipped)
Amidst market hardships, Apple may have a reason to lighten up. A report published this Monday by Gartner claims that its analysis of total shipments points towards a trend that may serve as the undoing of Microsoft and a break with one of the cornerstone assumptions of several generations. According to the market research firm, devices running Apple's iOS and Mac OS will outsell those relying on Windows (including Windows Phone).

Basing the prediction on shipment data may not be as reliable as actual sales figures, but the analysts behind the forecast must feel it provides a sufficient degree of dependability. Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi notes that in 2012 the Redmond software company had a firm grip on the market with a lead of about 134 million over Cupertino in terms of devices shipped. Gartner anticipates that by 2014 that lead will melt to about 23 million and then turn around in favor of Apple by 2015. Milanesi points out that Apple is already leading in the consumer market, but the enterprise industry traditionally remains a steadfast domain of Microsoft.

The company makes another staggering forecast, but this one may be less surprising for some – Android will top 1 billion shipments sometime next year, thus eclipsing both Microsoft's and Apple's figures combined. This is in part a result of the continuing growth in the tablet and smartphone sectors where Android has already established a foothold. Analysts believe tablet shipments will grow from 120 million last year, to 202 million this year followed by 276 million for 2014. Smartphone shipments are believed to reach just short of the 2 billion mark – quite impressive, indeed. 

Another interesting piece of information we glanced from the report is the continuing decline of desktop and notebook computers – a reduction in shipments of 11% by next year with another 5% queued up for 2014.
source: Gartner via Electronista. Image courtesy of Fortune.

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36 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

RIM (BlackBerry) only 1.1%?! (FAINTS) x(

7. wendygarett unregistered

The platform includes smartphone, tablets and desktop... I expect to be lower than 1% but this indicate the huge pie of smartphone, rather than other

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You're wrong Wendy, RIM (BlackBerry) make tablets too, I expect it to be higher than 1%. Anyway, wish RIM (BlackBerry) all the best.

25. stealthd unregistered

Here's the hard truth: up until Z10 came out, it had been 2 years since BB had come out with a new major device. The Torch, Z10 and playbook are all "me too" devices. That's a recipe for < 1%

14. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

these kind of forecasts are ridiculus. you have to separate the smarphones and the actual computers its not tha same. Im not going to buy a chromebook just because i want a android smartphone.

26. stealthd unregistered

You're missing the point. These are all computers. This is just another way to dissect the market. It's interesting to see how companies have spread their market share, even across platforms and categories.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't worry Wendy, your alter ego Dorothy96 is still active.

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i'm seeing symbian there 34.9% oh yeah....!!! lol

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

That is a mixture of Symbian, BADA and other proprietary OSs...

16. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Most likely Linux being a huge chunk of that as well.

34. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

no it's symbian lol u get serious dude. i was kidding did u see my lol there.

9. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Maybe, RIM should release desktop version for their OS LOL XD

12. Dastrix unregistered

I actually didn't even see RIM there! lol.. Still wish them all the best! xD

2. SleepingOz unregistered

Android and Google are taking over the world!

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tech, not the world.

32. SleepingOz unregistered

Check Google X

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Analysis these days... I don't believe a word they say. I hope MS gains market share for WP8 and wish the best for RIM, but realistically speaking, Apple and Android lead the market with almost a duopoly.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'd hate to see any of em fail. Choice and competition rock.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Which is why I don't mind friendly competition. The more competition, the better. RIM is doing a little better than it was before, and MS is slowly gaining market share, specifically because of Nokia.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep +1

4. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

That's because iPad and iPhones sold in total combined could match the PC and laptop sales which usually run Windows, and PC sales are declining. Only if all iOS and MacOS devices combined. For laptops and computers only, Apple cant touch Windows in desktop department. Windows phone is still selling in low quantity and just started gaining traction. This stat must be made for the Apple fanboys to feel good about themselves.

27. stealthd unregistered

It sounds like you're a windows fanboy trying to reconfigure the stats to make you feel good about yourself. It's funny you'd even say something like that when Android still had the larger figure. Apple doesn't have to touch Windows in terms of sales, their business model doesn't depend on market domination. They make more money with a fraction of the market share, and both their mobile and Mac businesses are growing, while MS's PC business is in decline and WP is stagnant.

5. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

I call BS! Apple has offered nothing new to turn the boat around. While the current trend might sustain for a while, MS will not shrink in percentage but rather increase as overall customer expectations from Apple subside due to lack on innovation. Apple has been copying other trends and their stocks are lower. Their techs are looking for rival tech company positions, which will lead apple to being in dire circumstances starting next year. They could have really used Jobs right now.

6. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

It is true Apple is leading in the mobile sector but that's only there. Microsoft is still king when it comes to pc. And I believe and I predict that the future is for Microsoft and Google. Soon smaller and faster Intel chips are coming and w8 will be the OS running the show. It will soon be on mobile phones, convertibles, tablets, notebooks, laptops and desktops. The future is only bright for Windows and soon people will realise it.

10. Dastrix unregistered

Nothing surprising here. No matter how late MS is in the game, it is gaining traction. That's the most important thing. Windows 8 and WP8 are still in their growth stage, and when compared to the mature stage of Mac OS and iOS, they do fare really well. A good move by MS!

15. alaahershy

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

enough is enough, we all know, microsoft for Pcs, Apple for iPod and iPad, and android for phones.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I thought android already had em both in terms of units shipped.

22. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Previous week another firm predicted in smartphone department android will lead followed by wp and thereafter iOS. So there's no point in apple overtaking ms in total shipment, plus windows tablet hasn't gain traction yet but it will bloom later this year.

24. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

No way. Apple is losing share in first-world countries. WP is growing and the improvements in 8.1 will help move units for late adaptors and whiners who miss the start button.

28. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

So MS will be the ultimate looser... Google at the top, followed by Apple... Great news... Exactly what i want... Greedy MS should be looooooooooooose... HATE YOU

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