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Sales of Apple devices forecasted to equal those of Windows PCs this year

By Shawn Knight · 15 replies
Jan 14, 2014
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  1. It’s no secret that Apple devices are a hot commodity these days while sales of Windows PCs are simultaneously on the decline. In charting the phenomenon, Asymco analyst Horace Dediu shares just how well each category is doing and ultimately...

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  2. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    Say what you want about Steve Jobs, but he seriously outplayed Bill Gates.
  3. Outplayed him how? Because Apple is now doing better in the mobile consumer market? Apple is almost exclusively consumer focused meanwhile Microsoft is both enterprise and consumer focused. In fact Microsoft earns more of it's revenue from businesses than it does from consumers.

    So I could equally say, Bill Gates seriously outplayed Steve Jobs in the enterprise.
    Mooseinadesert and MilwaukeeMike like this.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,160   +3,259

    Thats right compare an Apple device that needs to be replaced every two years, with a PC that has a life span three times that if not more.
    Adhmuz likes this.
  5. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    And a large sum of the folk replace them every year, willingly! I've had my PC for 4 years now and the one before is still with me bout 10 years now.
  6. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,768   +598

    Don't get me wrong here, I understand the world is moving to mobile platforms, ie Tablets and Smart Phones. But this is literally comparing Apple to Microsoft in such a way that makes zero sense, you might as well throw Android in there to balance things out. At least they included on the chart were Macs compare to PC's and it's still not great. Also you have to remember people buying PCs and Macs pay full price, unsubsidized by a contract, example I can get an iPhone for 0$ with a 2 year contract, I certainly can't say the same for a PC or Mac. So really what do these numbers mean? If your including devices that are given to people vs something that just is not. I don't know, maybe it's a big surprise to some,but I see Apple, and some BS play on numbers plain and simple.
    hahahanoobs likes this.
  7. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    I love Microsoft. Bill outplayed Steve in the PC sector and still has. Steve outplayed him in the mobile sector and did it to such effect that he made the mobile sector far more important for money than the PC sector so far and it's still growing.

    I'm not proud of that, I don't like Apple products, but still.
  8. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,860   +1,182

    Slightly off topic but serious question. Why is everything moving to arm instead of everything moving to x86? I know arm was originally needed for mobile devices due to power usage issues but as I understand it alot of AMD/intel CPUs now use significantly low amounts of power. And since the architecture is more developed upon since its been around longer, wouldnt it be better to use? I guess im missing something obvious.
  9. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    Even the lowest power-sipping x86 CPU is a power-hungry beast when compared to ARM. Battery tech can't support it.
    Matthew and ikesmasher like this.
  10. sapo joe

    sapo joe TS Member Posts: 81   +6

    Cool... If you get EVERYTHING Apple sells together, it is, in numbers, the same as Windows PCs...

    C'mon, this is not a valid comparisson.

    An iPod can't do what a Windows PC does. This is BULLSHIT!
    9Nails and St1ckM4n like this.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,968   +2,866

    What this article fails to mention is that Asymco and Dediu (never heard of either) are probably paid by Apple to make up this garbage.
  12. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,905   +591

    Intel is still a noob in the SoC space. They don't have a reputation yet.
  13. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 376   +50

    So sales are forecast to equal Windows-based PCs? Let's look at this again at the end of the year after everything is said and done.
  14. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 599   +56

    On a related note the number veggie burgers, veggie bacon, vegetable juice boxes, and individual vegetables will equal the number of hamburgers McDonald's sells.
    Take THAT McDonald's!
    Or something like that...
    9Nails and cliffordcooley like this.
  15. rub900

    rub900 TS Member Posts: 76   +6

    No one has said it so I will. It is like comparing apples to oranges. There I said it.
  16. Holotus

    Holotus TS Enthusiast Posts: 68   +9

    Tablets & Smartphones sadly aren't capable of working in the business world. They're merely meant for Facebook, Youtube, and porn. This is why PCs as a form factor won't go away completely, it'll be more tailored for people who have to create something rather than **** around on useless apps and meme browsing.

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