Ratio between sales of Windows PCs and Mac computers has reached rock bottom since Microsoft Windows 95 went public, analytics firm Asymco reports.
According to Horace Dediu of Asymco, the thinning gap of Apple Macs against Windows PCs has leant on sales of its iMac all-in-one desktops and MacBook notebooks. His analysis revolved around 2004 as the point of modulation, and the ratio stood reached 56 PCs to 1 Mac at one point. Now that number has cut down substantially to 19 PCs to 1 Mac.
“When Windows 95 launched in 1995 it negated most of the advantages of the ease of use of the Macintosh and the PC market took off. The ratio reached 56 in 2004 when 182.5 million PCs were sold vs. 3.25 million Macs,” said Dediu.
He added that, regardless of the drop, a significant gap still exists, but the sharp descending trend clearly indicates how Apple has slowly established itself on the market in less than a decade.
To further advance Apple’s comeback effort, Dediu included sales of iOS devices such iPhones and iPads. When combining most Apple products, PC sales will just be twice the sales of Apple hardware. While that is an interesting point, Dediu failed to consider that several Windows PC makers also sell smartphones and tablets, including Dell, Lenovo and mobile phone leader Samsung.
The analysis, however, highlighted the sizeable problem that Microsoft faces with its Windows operating system, regardless of platform. While leading PC makers such as Samsung and Lenovo ship Windows preinstalled on desktop and laptops to help ward off Macs, Android apparently is an insurmountable force to reckon with in smartphones and tablets.
Asymco’s Dediu showed figures suggesting the importance of Windows RT for Microsoft in order to maintain as the largest operating system vendor.