Apple Sold More iOS Devices in 2011 than it has Macs in the Last 28 Years
Here’s something to blow your mind on a Monday morning: Apple sold more iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches in 2011 alone than it has Mac computers – both desktop and laptop – in the past 28 years.
It may seem completely insane, but it’s true. In 2011 Apple sold 156 million new iOS devices across the three lines – iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch – which is a whopping 30 million more than the 122 million Macs sold since the first one went on sale, the Macintosh 128k, way back in January of 1984.
The statistic was picked up upon by marketing company Asymco, who also published an interesting quote from Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook on the subject.
“This 55 is something no one would have guessed. Including us. To put it in context, it took us 22 years to sell 55 million Macs. It took us about 5 years to sell 22 million iPods, and it took us about 3 years to sell that many iPhones. And so, this thing is, as you said, it’s on a trajectory that’s off the charts.”
Apple’s initial Macintosh computers were as revolutionary, if not more so, in their time as the iPhone. It just goes to show the phenomenal adoption rate Apple’s mobile products have enjoyed since launching, and how the iOS and app ecosystem has flourished.
Apple only has three main types of iOS device on the market, though each has gone through various upgrades to new models year on year. On the other hand, Apple has launched many different types of Mac computer since the first one – varying from the all-in-one Mactinosh 128k to the MacBook laptop to the Mac Mini.
With the phenomenal number of iOS devices sold in such a short space of time, it’s hardly surprising to learn that Apple plans to make its OS X operating system for Mac computers more like the iOS software found on its mobile devices. This change has already started, but major changes are due in the next update, Mountain Lion, which should land this summer.