The Rise and Fall of Personal Computing (1975-2011)

In: History Internet/tech

19 Jan 2012

A brilliant chart of computer sales. Note the log scale!


There’s also an animated version (but I like the static one better):

Here’s a look at the same data in terms of market share:


(via Ritholtz)

4 Responses to The Rise and Fall of Personal Computing (1975-2011)


Matt B

January 19th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

The Market Share chart is misleading. It appears that iOS and Android started at 100% and have declined while Macintosh has a larger share than PC being at 100%. If this is meant to be a representation of the total amount of market share then they have mis-labeled the axis’s. Overall this chart could have been made better.



January 19th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

It’s interesting to note that once a new technology comes along, such as Android and iOS that the old technology has quickly fallen away. I don’t think this will happen with PC’s, they’re much more powerful than phones and will continue to have a place in the market.

Still very interesting though.



January 20th, 2012 at 3:34 am

Why is it comparing Android and iOS with PC or Macintosh? They seem to be as related as my TV is to my computer. Nobody replaced their Computer/Laptop with a mobile device. No matter how much I enjoy my iPad it does not replace the Laptop.


Reinier Post

January 23rd, 2012 at 4:08 am

I’m curious how this compares to SUN workstations sales.

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