Adobe data hints Apple has won the PC wars

“‘PCs are going to be trucks,’ Apple’s legendary co-founder, Steve Jobs once famously said,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “What the world didn’t hear was what he might as well have muttered under his breath, ‘and Apple will make them.'”

“The report includes data on Global Desktop OS Visits, and these seem to show that OS X users now account for more site visits than Windows users,” Evans writes. “Now this could be a statistical anomaly as it is only evident in the first few weeks of the year, but given Apple’s continued growth in terms of its slice of overall PC sales, it seems credible.”

“Adobe’s figures suggest those PCs are not actually being used in any connected sense, so what are they being used for?” Evans writes. “Clearly whatever use is being made of them is relatively utilitarian, and the question technology buyers must be asking themselves as they look to the next PC replacement cycle will be if they can replace these machines with more affordable mobile devices. Or Macs.”

Read more in the full article here.

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16 Comments

  1. Buy Adobe! Please Apple, buy Adobe.

    I so hate Adobe with their lack of vision and their hostage CC plans that I wake up at night only to hate them!!!!

    My 2 cents, feeling better now.

    1. Agreed. Adobe has made a real mess of their software. They have no idea how many corporations are balking at their software-rental plans (because if they did, they’d understand how much revenue they’re losing and how much ill will they’re creating).

  2. Ah, I’ve been reading, and arguing with Evans for years now. While he’s a good guy, there’s no doubt he’s an Apple fanboy. Maybe someday, Apple might win the PC wars, but so far, including the iPad in the numbers doesn’t help. I love my iPads, especially my iPad Pro with Pencil, but it still can’t take over more than general tasks. While I do CAD and video and photo editing, I can’t yet do more than a small part of what I can do with my Mac Pro.

    I think he’s jumping the gun here.

    1. Maybe this makes you one of the truck drivers, then. Perhaps a North American Van Lines 18-wheeler hauling goods cross country. While most of the rest of us are tootling along in our very nice passenger vehicles.

  3. Nonsense. The current CC product line has many more Windows users than Apple users. It doesn’t matter though. Adobe products are wonderful cross platform.

  4. “Sales share data” as reported periodically for Macs v PCs are interesting to a point. But what I would really like to know is what are the relative “installed base” numbers for Macs v PCs? Particularly on an “equivalent use”-type basis of comparison. This article provides a hint at the direction and magnitude of those numbers. The issue is very relevant when attempting to assess Apple’s current …and continued… business success.

    I am surprised “expert analysts” have not expressed thoughts on the issue. It is far more relevant than bogus “channel checks” from unnamed sources that get reversed not long after they are made.

    1. Why use real data to try and prove Apple is a failing company? It’s much better to use bogus channel checks to frighten off potential investors and it can’t be proven either way. All the crooks need is a perception that Apple is struggling and that seems to be good enough. Those investors are jackasses anyway. Look at Tesla. It’s clear to see Tesla is burning through cash and not getting anything back. The company’s fundamentals are downright ugly, but that isn’t stopping the hedge funds from pouring money into the company. Every single day Tesla’s share price goes up ever higher while Apple can only manage to roller-coaster or go up a few cents in a day. It’s all about perception. I don’t believe anyone believes Apple has won the PC wars. I’ve seen enough articles telling how Microsoft’s Surface Pro is outselling Apple Macs and iPads. Who needs actual facts when lies work just as well?

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