Apple Macs and iOS devices now outselling Windows PCs annually

“Andreesen Horowitz’s Ben Evans tweeted out a trailing 12-month chart of iOS and PC sales using data from IDC, Gartner and his own company showing the rising trend of iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices,” Kevin Tofel reports for ZDNet.

“The data shows both the growth of iOS sales and the challenging PC market, which has generally been flat since 2008,” Tofel reports. “Clearly, traditional laptop and desktop computers aren’t going away any time soon. There are still plenty of apps, services and activities that are best suited for a PC.”

“But the post-PC world shows that a sizable subset of computing tasks can be done on mobile platforms and more portable devices,” Tofel reports. “There are now mobile versions of Photoshop, as well as similar but lighter photo editing apps. a slew of iOS enterprise titles — with more coming all the time from IBM — and remote access clients to connect to older computers and run legacy apps. Heck, Microsoft is even breaking down old platform barriers by creating dozens of its apps for iOS.”

Apple Macs and iOS devices now outselling Windows PCs

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MacDailyNews Take: Add in the 20+ million Macs sold in the last year and Apple devices are now outselling Windows PCs.

But, of course, this actually happened for the first time, on a quarterly basis, back in Q4 2013:

Benedict Evans: Apple iOS and Mac sales vs. Windows PC and Windows Phone sales
Source: Benedict Evan

As we have always said, even as many short-sightedly waved (and continue to wave) the white flag, the war is not over. And, yes, we shall prevail… No company is invincible. Not even Microsoft.MacDailyNews Take, January 10, 2005

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  1. Seriously! We long time Apple fans from 512K Fat Macs days should be celebrating. Celebrating that we lived long enough to see Apple kicking everyone ass like there is now tomorrow! Suck it you Apple Haters that berated us for years on end! 😀

    1. Haters today are a different bunch than the original haters. The original haters crowed about Microsoft’s dominant market share and mocked Apple’s products as overpriced toys.

      What’s that you say? The arguments are exactly the same now as they were then? That’s because haters today are completely UNORIGINAL, repeating the same old arguments because they can’t come up with new arguments that are any good.

  2. I still, after days of research, haven’t found out how Microsoft could have possibly beaten Apple in the 90’s. I mean, its easily seen that Microsoft, however horrible its systems get, always has had the most popular software, from games to assistive programs for the disabled.

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Macs and iOS devices all come from ONE company. “Windows PC” sales are scattered across MANY companies. That makes this achievement in computing even more amazing… 🙂

  4. Although iOS matching PCs is an interesting metric …

    I much prefer if Macs (which is a better comparison to PCs) had double it’s market share now, like if it was around 25%

    has I’ve banged the drum before: where is Apple’s Mac marketing? No serious Ad campaign since Mac ? Pc guy more than half a decade ago in spite of Win 8 fiasco . Macs have been bright spot every quarter report yet Apple sadly neglects pushing it.

  5. Posted this from home earlier this morning, but it didn’t show up here so I’ll do it again. Got a more accurate count being at work this time.

    When given a choice (as we’ve been able to do recently), people choose to use a Mac. I’m betting there will be 2 more Macs soon too.

    2009 – 31 computers: 15 PC 16 Mac
    2015 – 32 computers: 9 PC 23 Mac

    1. I should add, that sadly, most people do not get a choice at work. Banks, hospitals, etc. The Business world is what’s keeping the PC on life support because they’re stuck with old software and things made just for the PC that makes it more difficult to ditch.

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