Apple Expected To Become World’s Biggest Gaming Platform By The End Of The Year

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iOS devices will soon be the world's most popular game console.
iOS devices will soon be the world's most popular game console.

Apple’s iOS devices have had a huge impact on gaming, and more and more people are choosing to get their kicks on the iPhone and iPad rather than dedicated handheld consoles from the likes of Sony and Nintendo. By the end of this year, analysts expect Game Center accounts on iOS to surpass the 200 million milestone, making it the world’s biggest gaming platform.

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New iPhone Expected To Sell More Than 263 Million Units [Report]

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Apple's next iPhone will be huge.
Apple's next iPhone will be huge.

Apple’s iPhone is so successful that the company’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, recently revealed that “each new generation sold approximately equal to all previous generations combined.” That’s pretty staggering when you think about it, and according to analyst firm Asymco, it could mean that Apple’s new iPhone will sell more than 263 million units.

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Today, Windows Only Outsells Apple Products Two To One

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Microsoft's once-unassailable lead has vanished

 

In its first year, the Mac sold just 372,000 units. PC clones were reaching two million units, or six times the amount of sales of the Mac. And things got worse from there, climbing to a vertiginous 60x by 2004.

Now, though, according to everybody’s favorite Apple analyst and Christopher Walken soundalike Horace Dediu, the gap has dropped to just 2:1 – if you count iOS in with OS X.

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Android Growth Is Stalling In The US, While The iOS Juggernaut Charges On

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Android's scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to attracting new rubes.
Android's scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to attracting new rubes.

According to the latest data from comScore, Android might have peaked. Meanwhile, iOS is still going strong.

New smartphone users — individuals trading in their own feature phones for their first touchscreen, Android’s core constituency — are at their lowest level since 2010: just 300k new smartphone users a week in the last quarter, compared to 1.5 million in November.

It gets worse for Google. Android added the fewest number of new users than it has since 2009. It’s effectively an all-time low for Android growth, which, as Horace Dediu points out, equals four straight months of decline.

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Apple Sold More iOS Devices Last Year Than All Macs Sold Ever

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The iPhone is almost off the chart, and despite strong Mac sales, iOS is easily beating it
The iPhone is almost off the chart, and despite strong Mac sales, iOS is easily beating it. Graph Horace Dediu/Asymco

It’s amazing what you see when you look closely at numbers, and super-analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco looks closer than most. Parsing some of Tim Cook’s keynote speech at Goldman Sachs earlier this week, he did some digging came up with the incredible graph you see above.

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Asymco’s Horace Dedui Plans April Conference in Helsinki

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Photo by UK in Italy - http://flic.kr/p/apU3om
Photo by UK in Italy - http://flic.kr/p/apU3om

The conference circuit is hot. Once the domain of nameless geeks to commiserate on why they can’t get dates, tech conferences now showcase high-profile CEOs, serve as the backdrop for big deals and are the new sign that you’ve made it. The latest addition to the list is an independent analyst with a reputation for keeping his wits about himself amid Wall Street’s Chicken Little routine.

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