Apple Has Almost Completely Eliminated The Windows Platform Advantage

Apple is finally on the verge of eliminating the platform advantage that Microsoft has enjoyed with Windows for years.

The ratio of Windows PCs sold compared to Macs steadily increased throughout the second half of the 1990s and during the first few years of the 2000s, thanks in part to the success of Windows 95. But as we reported recently, analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco crunched some numbers and found that this ratio has been declining for the past eight years thanks to Apple’s resurgence.

According to Dediu, the ratio of Windows PCs to Macs sold dropped to below 20 in 2011, its lowest level since before Windows 95 was launched. But that only tells part of the story.

In a new post, Dediu compares the ratio of Windows units sold to all Apple devices, not just Macs. When you factor in iPhones and iPads, the ratio of Windows units to Apple devices sold has dropped to less than two.

“Seen this way, Post-PC devices wiped out of leverage faster than it was originally built,” Dediu writes. “They not only reversed the advantage but cancelled it altogether.”

At this rate, Dediu predicts that sales of Windows units and Apple devices will be even within the next one to two years.

Asymco Windows Platform Advantage

Photo: Aymco

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