Combined Apple device sales have come closer than ever to Windows, might outsell it soon

Combined Apple device sales have come closer than ever to Windows, might outsell it soon
You already know what happened after Apple launched the iPhone in 2007 - the phone industry started changing from the ground up, and we usually take the year 2007 as the very milestone moment for this transformation. An interesting statistical study by Horace Dediu of Asymco makes the case that the Windows traditional PC platform started erupting even earleir, though, and finds some form of correlation between the growth of Apple and the dismantling of the Windows Hegemony in the middle of the first decade of the new millenium.

Dediu notes that the peak for Windows comes for 2004, and after that the company goes on a downward spiral and to make this comparison clear he contrasts it with sales of Macs. What’s even more striking though is that right now Apple sells a combined number of Macs, iPhones and iPad much closer to the number of PCs with Windows on them.

From a mind-boggling market domination with over 54 times more Windows PCs sold than Mac machines, Windows is now selling less than two times more machines than Apple, and if the trend continues in the next year or so, we could see Apple for the first time ever outsell Windows with its Macs, iPads and iPhones combined.

Hit the source below for all the details, and check out the graphs that are really, self-explanatory.

source: Asymco

Combined Apple device sales have come closer than ever to Windows, might outsell it soon
Combined Apple device sales have come closer than ever to Windows, might outsell it soon

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23 Comments

1. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

This is a wrong comparison. Windows PCs vs Macs + iPads + iPods + iPhones? I would clearly draw a line between Macs and iOS devices since their capabilities are different. They should compare only Macs vs Windows PCs. If thats how they want to compare it, then they should be including all WinMos and windows tablets, though it wouldn't make much of a difference as it stands now. Could change after win 8. But i'm guessing Microsoft will shoot themselves in the foot by making the PC experience similar to tablet experiences with their move to metro UI for PCs.

6. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Yes. It should comparing Windows PC vs Mac+iPad. iPod and iPhone are not comparable to PC but if the data showing OS Windows comparable may be it could be relevant.

23. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 959; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

No, they should only be comparing Mac and Windows, not Mac + iPad vs Windows. iPad is NOT a desktop platform like Mac is. It's a Mobile platform (iOS) just like what's on the iPhone and iPod. You can't compare Mobile platforms agianst Desktop platforms. That's just a cheap way of skewing statistics.

11. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Agree. If they compare Macs + iPad vs Windows then it is bit OK to me. It hard to believe that Mac+iPad will out sell Windows in near future.

15. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

so this articles actully meant to say Widows can take on APPLE all alone againt their all product lineup and i meant Widows not MicroSoft since it is massive apple is nothing as whole against MS

17. fraydoe

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

its a good comparison, basically anything that runs windows software vs. anything that runs apple software

2. T3chS4vvy

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

so You are saying that Iphone, ipad and Mac together.. is close to windows? well why dont we stop the bulls**t and compare the number of macs sold to the number of PCs running windows?

13. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Yeah... why dont we add iPods too so we can make apple-F*gboys happy?

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I hope Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will be able to change this

20. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I do hope so too

4. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Paradigm shift. It was the moment when IT industry became an aestheticized sign and religion. Before that, IT pruducts were a tools. Now they are a purpose.

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

So... Apple has almost as much sales as PCs? What about just Macs? If we're comparing computer sales, we shouldn't include iPods, iPads, iPhones, and Macs vs. PCs. I bet Apple isn't anywhere near close if you compare PCs vs. Macs like you're supposed to do.

24. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

did u even look at the first graph?

7. JongLong206

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

can we have a feature in this website wherein we can "dislike" the article itself, rather than just a user comment??? coz i think i really REALLY have a use for that with this article. windows [PCs only] vs mac [all products] is just wrong..

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

You should write under the name "Armstrong", because that's a stretch...

10. Aeires unregistered

If they are going to include iOS devices, MS should have their gaming devices included as well. No one looks atand iPod and thinks it's a computer replacement, nor iPhone for that matter.

12. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Really? We stooping that low now? And you wonder why we call you iPhoneArena. We're comparing strictly Windows computers against the whole array of iCrap. If anything this article just shows Apple is still as pathetic as ever, even with all their products combined they still can't beat Windows' distribution.

14. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

tahahaa funny the articles actually makes fun of APpLe by saying combined all apple products VS one WINDOWS. APPLe can fight one on one try to compare MACOS vs Windows not [MAC+IOS+IPAD+IPOD+IPHONE] windowsOS

16. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lets check MS stats windows = most widly used OS for PC Xbox = one of top gaming consoles developersoftwares / office / software products = massive (even apple uses them in some cases maybe) on these things i dont see any apple product coming near huh only Iphones yeh MS dont make phones writer should quite and get a life

18. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

All of you are stuck in older times. In the mid 90s or even before lets say 2007 our image of a computer was a box, monitor, and the obvious accessories. The two OS's from apple and Microsoft was a clear and obvious battle.Now when we talk about computing and capabilities. What smartphones and tablets can accomplish are on par with most computers. Web browsing check, Office productivity check, Printing capabilities check. Obviously we are not talking about high performance computing or gaming machines but still. I think that in today's world its more then fair to compare ipads to pcs and iPhones. Hate it or love its a very different world.

19. Techsword

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hmm ok, so guess what, I can get alot of that content on Xbox and like it or not Windows Mobile platforms have some market share, so lets add them. I bett the numbers look a little different then.

21. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Macs are a pricey niche product and have been since the 1980's. It makes zero sense to compare iPhone sales to Windows OS sales, as they don't compete. If you want to understand the shift from computers to mobile technology such as tablets and smart phones, then you need to look at all of them. This is a self-gratifying answer in search of a question.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what a junk comparison to try to make apple look good. iOS and MacOS are not the same.. not at all. Might as well say if you add Ford together with Mcdonalds they make as much or more money than Toyota. (i have no idea if thats true). Its a comparison with out merrit or a base. You compare PCs vs macs and mobile vs mobile. they are separate arenas.. especially concerning mac/iOS.

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