Installed Base of Macintosh Personal Computers Surpass 54 Million Users

The Percentage of Mac Users Remains Minimal on the Global Base

by Anton Shilov
06/07/2011 | 10:08 PM

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.