Apple CEO Tim Cook said recently that the company sold 55 million iPads last year. By contrast, it took Apple 22 years to sell that many of its Mac computers.
Analyzing that math, Asymco discovered that Apple sold a greater number of iOS devices in 2011 than it has sold Macs in the last 28 years. That’s a staggering number of devices. “This 55 is something no one would have guessed,” Cook said while speaking during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference earlier this week. “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.”
As Asymco’s chart above shows, Apple sold a total of 316 million iOS units 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),” Asymco explained. Clearly the iPhone has been the propellant iOS device, although the iPad has a much steeper trajectory.