ANALYST OUTFIT Asymco claims the ratio of Apple Mac computers sold to Windows PCs is at its lowest point since Microsoft launched Windows 95, due to competition from Mac OS X and IOS.
Apple's rise up the PC sales chart has been built on its Imac and Macbook lines of computers, and according to Asymco's Horace Dediu the gap between Apple and the rest is closing fast. Dediu's analysis points to 2004 as the inflection point with over 55 times as many PCs sold to Macs that year, however he claims that ratio has now dropped considerably with PCs now outselling Macs at only 19 to one.
Dediu pointed out that despite the decrease there is still a considerable gap, but the steep downward trend is clearly there and shows how far Apple has come in less than a decade.
Dediu goes further and includes sales of Ipads and Iphones to further make the case for Apple's comeback, suggesting that when combining the vast majority of Apple's products, PC sales are just double those of Apple's hardware. While Dediu's tweak is an interesting one, it doesn't take into account the fact that a number of PC makers such as Samsung, Lenovo and Dell also sell phones and tablets.
What Dediu's analysis does highlight is the considerable problem faced by Microsoft and its Windows PC operating system. While firms like Samsung and Lenovo ship Windows on desktop and laptop PCs, on tablets and mobile phones its all Android.
Dediu's figures show just how important Windows RT will be for Microsoft if it wants to remain the biggest operating system vendor. µ
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