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article imageApple sells more computers than all Windows PCs combined

By Tim Sandle     Feb 13, 2014 in Technology
If Apple devices are tallied together — Macs, iPads, iPhones and so on — the combined sales surpass those of Windows PCs for the first time.
Total unit sales of Apple products have surpassed unit sales of computers running Windows, according to Geek Wire. Using numbers from Apple, Gartner and Andreesen Horowitz, analysts have shown that the two companies were close to parity on device sales when counting Windows Phone units, though Apple has surpassed devices that run traditional Windows.
This mega-shift in the sale of Apple devices occurred in the fourth quarter 2013. Commenting on the trend, Andreessen Horowitz mobile analyst Benedict Evans notes: "This is a pretty good illustration of the scale of mobile: Apple limits itself only to the high end of the mobile market but still sells more units than the whole PC industry."
As to whether the sales difference makes for a valid comparison, Value Walk considers the arguments. Some analysts questions whether it is legitimate to compare the iPhone and iPad with the number of Windows PCs sold worldwide when these are somewhat arbitrary device categories. However, the counter argument is that consumers today on a large basis are porting their PC works on other devices, and all of these are mobile. Furthermore, this trend is likely to increase in the future.
To this debate, Quartz ponders about the share of the world’s “computers” that Apple might ship when it unveils its (still rumored) iWatch?
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