Last July, sales of iOS devices caught up with sales of Windows devices, making it a tight race as to who would ship the most units as 2015 wrapped up. Now, Asymco has shared a chart depicting the extraordinary growth of iPhone shipments and showing that in 2015, iPhone shipments overtook Windows shipments as a whole.
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As you can see in the graph above, Apple shipped just over 300 million Macs, iPhones, and iPads in 2015, continuing its consistent yearly growth. There were 275 million Windows devices shipped in 2015, according to Asymco, down from 300 million in 2014. Around 10 million Macs were shipped, meaning Apple shipped 290 million iOS devices.
While Android shipments still considerably outpace iOS and Windows shipments, it’s important to remember that iOS devices are made by one manufacturer and one manufacturer only, whereas Android devices are made by a plethora of different manufacturers and are available in all sorts of different variants.
Furthermore, Apple today announced that iOS 9 is now installed on 75 percent of active iOS devices. Apple updated its App Store support page for developers with new data recently, announcing this milestone. iOS 9, of course, was made available last September. Over the past month, iOS 9 adoption increased from 71 percent to 75 percent. 19 percent of users are now running iOS 8, while 7 percent are running earlier versions.
Yesterday, Apple announced the first beta of iOS 9.3, brining with it new CarPlay features, Night Shift mode, new Health features, and more. This should lead to even more users finally taking the plunge and updating to iOS 9 at long last.
iOS overtook Windows last year, as expected. https://t.co/5LgnZsxWaL—
Horace Dediu (@asymco) January 12, 2016