Apple Sold More iOS Devices in 2011 Than It Sold Macs in Almost 30 Years

Asymco's Horace Dediu noticed a startling statistic: Apple sold 156 million iOS devices in 2011. That's 30 million more than the 122 million Macs that Apple has sold since the first one went on sale in 1984.


To date, Apple has sold 316 million iOS devices total, across the three iOS product lines.

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Posted: 35 months ago
well it does help that there is a big price difference between the Mac and iOS devices but this is just astounding really.
Rating: 18 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
Wow. Just wow!

I can see the appeal of an iOS device to your standard person, whether it be an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad... but I'd chose my Mac over all of those things any day.
Rating: 11 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

well it does help that there is a big price difference between the Mac and iOS devices but this is just astounding really.


Not to mention the price of Macs 30 years ago.
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
And MacRumors still doesn't have an app. :confused:
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

well it does help that there is a big price difference between the Mac and iOS devices but this is just astounding really.


i was going to say ...

buying a 1500 € mbp is different than a 200 € iPod Touch
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

As long as Macs keep selling I'm happy :)


As long as Apple keep making Macs, I'm happy! :cool:
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
As long as Macs keep selling I'm happy :)
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

The real question is if and when the iPad will overtake the iPhone.


Actually, the REAL question is ... when with the iPad become a Mac?

It's a few years off, but I'd expect the iPad to morph into the low-end Mac as it expands processing power and the OSX and iOS meld into one OS sooner or later. I'd throw a dart at a calendar and say 2015.
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Posted: 35 months ago

Not to mention the price of Macs now.


Nah, we have it MUCH better today.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_128K

The Macintosh 128K machine, released as the "Apple Macintosh", is the original Apple Macintosh personal computer...It had a selling price of US$2,495.


Also factor in inflation of the US dollar and no, I don't think the average college student were buying this in droves in 1984 like they do today.
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Posted: 35 months ago

Actually, the REAL question is ... when with the iPad become a Mac?

It's a few years off, but I'd expect the iPad to morph into the low-end Mac as it expands processing power and the OSX and iOS meld into one OS sooner or later. I'd throw a dart at a calendar and say 2015.


You're very right, but it's the other way around, it's when will the Mac become an iPad, it's happening now...

A closed & controled system is creeping in... Try changing your "hosts" file or find your "Home -> Library" folder in Snow Lep'd compared to Lion.
X11 missing from Mounting a Lion...

I think there's way too much "control freak" happening at Apple. Read "Inside Apple" & "Steve Jobs Bio"...

Hopefully, Tim Cook may change things now for the better. If not, and Apple fall into closing up their systems way too much, the graph will start heading downwards.
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