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Even though the hype about Apple gadgets and Macintosh personal computers is among the loudest in the industry, the actual installed base of Macs remains negligible compared to other systems running around the world. In fact, the amount of installed Macs is just 54 million.

"We now have over 54 million active Mac users around the world and growing," said Philip W. Schiller, the senior vice president of worldwide product marketing at Apple, during his speech at the company's worldwide developer conference (WWDC).

Sales of Apple Macintosh computers have been outgrowing the industry of PCs for several years now, but given the fact that the company sells negligible amount of systems in general, that has not transformed into a massive installed base. For example, Apple only sold around 14.43 million Mac PCs in calendar 2010, which is around 5% of all personal computers sold last year. Around 73% of all Macintosh systems sold in 2010 were notebooks, according to Apple.

According to an estimation of Gartner market tracking firm, the global installed base of PCs neared 1.4 billion units in 2010, which means that Apple Macintosh represents around 3.8% of installed personal computers nowadays.

It is noteworthy that the company's gadget business is by far much more successful than the PC business. In four years after the introduction in 2007, Apple has sold over 200 million devices, including iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. In about a year time, the company also shipped more than 25 million of iPad media tablets.

Tags: Apple, Mac, Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Windows

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It's just an Operating System, people act like this is a whole different kind of computer. Do we compare XP vs Windows 7 user bases as two separate "users". I wish Apple users would realize you can run OSX on any Windows machine and plenty of people do.
1 2 [Posted by: LedHed  | Date: 06/08/11 02:34:57 PM]
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Oh no, you just crushed the hearts of all Apple fanboys around the world who think Apple makes "special" hardware and has "magical" software (that won't even let you do a simple procedure such as dragging and dropping songs into your $600 iPhone).

Apple has been outstanding in utilizing extremely effecting marketing, great OS and aluminum chassis to sell the exact same hardware that PCs use, but with a 40-50% mark-up.

I will say that there is nothing wrong with owning an Apple product (the IPad and the Iphone are very nice for example), however, only Apple fanatics always make it sound like the difference between an Apple laptop and a Windows one is "incomparable".
1 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 06/08/11 04:05:46 PM]
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No you cannot run OSX on any windows machine, at least very well anyways. The only apple product I have is an apple tv and I have built every PC I own. I bring that up to show I am not some mac fanboi. Being that I'm not a mac person at all I know that for starters you have to have a motherboard with UEFI instead of BIOS, then you have to have the proper hardware since apple only has drivers for a very small selection of hardware. Yes I know there is a work around for motherboards that come with a BIOS instead of UEFI. There are also sources out there for unofficial hardware as well. So if you really know what you are doing and know where to look then you can install OSX on most of the PCs out there, not all of them.

Apple doesn't make special hardware, they use hardware that until recently has been made specifically for them since the EFI, and UEFI, hasn't been widely used in the PC industry.

I love it when people talk and have no idea what they are talking about.
1 1 [Posted by: vaelyan  | Date: 06/08/11 07:45:15 PM]
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Search "hackintosh" its common now and it doesn't require special hardware.

My HP DM1Z runs OSX just fine and has no special chipset.
1 2 [Posted by: DEADTIME  | Date: 06/08/11 11:36:02 PM]
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read the reply above, anyone can run OSX on a Windows machine. It's just a damn OS, that is like saying Linux has special hardware.

"I love it when people talk and have no idea what they are talking about."
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