Apple sold more devices in 2011 than all Macs in 28 years

FROM OSX DAILY comes this report:

“Growth of iOS, the mobile operating system that powers iPhones, iPads, iPod touch, and Apple TV, is exploding. … The most staggering observation? Apple sold 156 million iOS devices last year alone, that is over 30 million more units shipped than all 28 years of the Macs existence, where it has sold 122 million computers. Overall, the iOS platform totals over 316 million devices sold in a few short years.”

Well, I wonder what a “short year” is. 360 days? 350?

Regardless, the sales figure is significant and it means those of us who have been Apple fans all these years need not longer feel like members of a cult. The iPad, perhaps more than any other device, has propelled iOS into the mainstream. If you fly United or American, your pilots are using iPads to get you where you are going, no longer having to lug around those huge black briefcases full of printed books and manuals and airport information.

Says the report: “The Mac and PC are ultimately over-engineered and too powerful for the average users technical needs, this helps to explain Apple’s OS X strategy and Microsofts Windows 8 concepts, the power and underlying complexity is still there, but the experience is becoming simpler.”

Interesting observations. It’ll be exciting to see what the future holds.

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