Analyst: Apple’s Overall Product Sales Are Gaining on Microsoft’s Windows

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Asymco’s Horace Dediu recently took a close look at the ongoing market competition between Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Macs and Windows-based PCs and came to some interesting conclusions. According to data from market research firm Gartner cited by Dediu, there were approximately 309 million Windows-based PCs shipped in 2013, down from the 337 million units shipped in 2012.

Although Apple saw 28.5 percent year-over-year growth in the U.S. personal computer market last quarter, Dediu noted that Apple’s overall Mac sales likely declined in 2013. He estimated that Apple shipped 16.4 million Macs last year, down from 17 million units shipped in 2012.

Despite the decline in Mac sales, Dediu noted that Apple still managed to close the gap between Mac and PC shipments in 2013. He estimated that there were 18.8 times more Windows-based PCs sold in 2013 than Macs. Although Windows still had a significant numerical advantage, the analyst pointed out that this was an improvement, since there were about 19.8 times more Windows-based PCs sold in 2012.

Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) declining advantage can be seen in the graph above. Dediu also included data from Apple’s iOS platform in order to demonstrate the impact of mobile devices on the overall PC market.

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