PC to Mac Sales Ratio Lowest Since Before Windows 95

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For those new to the tech scene, it might be hard to imagine, but there was a time when Apple barely registered a blip on the radar compared to today. Long before iPads and iPhones and iPod touch devices and MacBook Air models, the IBM PC was the top dog (IBM has since sold its PC division to Lenovo). It once ran MS-DOS, the dominant operating system when the first Macintosh arrived in 1984, and they were outselling the Mac by a factor of 6, according to Asymco.

When Windows 95 emerged, PC (Windows-based systems, in this context) sales flourished, and would eventually outsell their Mac rivals by a ratio of 56-to-1 in 2004, when 182.5 million PCs were sold compared to just 3.25 million Macs.

"During the second half of the 90s it was already clear that Windows won the PC platform war. Windows had an advantage that seemed unsurmountable," Asymco notes in a blog post examining the trend of PC and Mac sales over the years.

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It turns out 2004 was a turning point. PC volumes, while still on the up and up, weren't growing quite as fast, and the MacBook emerged as a highly sought after laptop in the increasingly popular mobile sector.

"As a result the Mac began to whittle down the advantage Windows had," Asymco notes. "The ratio of Windows to Mac units shipped fell to below 20, a level that was last reached before Windows 95 launched. It’s as if the Mac reversed the Windows advantage. This was an amazing turnaround for the Mac."

The numbers favor Apple even more if you include all devices the company sells (like iPads), reducing the PC-to-Apple device sales ratio to below 2. Asymco believes this presents "dire" consequences for Microsoft, because for the first time in a long time, Windows is vulnerable to direct competition.
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You’re a bit all over the shop with this article.

IPads are not computers. People buy Ipad’s because their "cool" and the new fad but then realize that you can’t really work on them. It’s a fun gadget device not a desktop replacement. People that have ipad still have desktop. Surely you must understand the difference? 

Your comment regarding “Windows is vulnerable to direct competition” is very misleading. Windows as you say in your article is a desktop OS. Windows holds over 90% of the Desktop market.

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My comment, as you partially quoted, summarizes Asymco's findings, not my own.

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fat78 replied on Sun, Jul 8 2012 6:45 PM

Although iPads don't count towards apples desktop market share their brand popularity from the ipad makes people want to buy more of their products, such as their desktops or laptops. Leading to an increase in their os market share.

Also, even though tablets cant replace desktops or laptops when you need to get a lot of work done,  they do have many pros over desktops and laptops. I don't see tablets as a fad due to the convenience and portability of them over laptops and desktops. Most of the time I find my self using a tablet over a laptop just because tablets or much more convenient for doing basic things then pulling out and turning on my laptop.

I would still choose to buy a laptop or desktop over a tablet due to the price to performance and function out of the devices, but tablets have become a lot cheaper and I am pretty sure they are going to become much more powerful in coming years.

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