If Apple needed any more evidence to economically satisfy the continual merging of iOS and OS X, this is the icing on the cake. Horace Dediiu from Asymco noticed an astonishing statistic when comparing the number of iOS devices sold compared to Macs. The iOS platform reached 316 million cumulative units at the end of last year. The iOS platform overtook the OS X platform in under four years and more iOS devices were sold in 2011 (156 million) than all the Macs ever sold (122 million).
Tim Cook, recently speaking at GST:
“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.”