That's just the quarter. I think there's 15 million total running around. For a product that is not even a year old. Astounding.
Ten years of work on OSX barely shifts the needle; less than a year of iPad sales breaks the gauge. It's pretty clear which OS is more important to Apple now.
It's unfortunate, but I think you're right. OS X is BY FAR my favorite Apple product (even over the hardware, which is beautiful, but seems to be trending down with regards to quality). iOS is the money-maker though; Apple would be hard pressed to not see it as the future of the company. Boo.
I don't want iOS on my desktop. I want OS X on my desktop. Please.
I should disclose that while I love OS X on my desktop, I have the robot in my phone.
EDIT: Added a sentence for clarification of my concerns.
As far as convergence goes, what I'm starting to wonder, is if it wouldn't make more sense to add a docking solution to iOS instead. After all, Moore's law is bringing desktop-class power to the iPad far faster and more convincingly than any case for iOS style interaction on the desktop is being made.
So the question then arises, whether it would make more sense to support a docked iOS 'mode' -- allowing use of desktop-style app UI and interaction (keyboard/mouse) in native iOS apps -- or just run OS X virtualized when docked (with some shared file bucket between the OSes)?
I guarantee there're are lot of other improvements to be seen, come summer.
But more recently, I've been tending to use Linux more, and more and more.
I'm not sure if it's because Linux has gotten better, or because OSX has just enough quirks to be annoying. (eg: launchctl, Apple Python).
OSX is probably the best consumer / business desktop in existence. But personally, I'm falling in love with Linux again.
However, Mac sales are also up and the record number of Mac were sold this quarter.
That's not anything against Apple in case I sound as if I'm suggesting that, Apple are a great company and "deserve" the success because they do build solid products, but the iPads success is down to Apple being successful as much as it is the iPad as an individual product. Does that make sense? Maybe not.
Apple product = hardware + brand
Plus, in the case of Apple, they have a distinct first mover advantage. As we learned from watching the original round of Mac vs. Wintel, in the platform market, first mover advantage accrues to the company that puts together a viable OS + application ecosystem. That's why they're printing money, and it's why Android will have a very difficult time unseating iOS. Android is somewhat behind in the maturity of their OS. They're incredibly behind in the size of their app ecosystem. While I don't see Android ever shrinking to Apple's late 90s market share, I'll be surprised if they ever exceed Apple's installed base. I think most of Android's advantage so far has been in distribution. And now that Apple is free of it's exclusive contract with AT&T, I don't think that Android's advantage will last.
Then I came to realise, that's x hundred thousand people who will suddenly be looking for something to do with their new device. At the beginning, if you were the first, strong player in a given field, you didn't have to shotgun-advertise all over the place, you could've just been noticeable in the app store.
I'm guesstimating that the Windows platform reached an installed base of 160m around 1996. That means it took iOS 1/5 of the time to get to 160m.
Has Apple now overtaken IBM in revenue? If so, that's an astonishing turnaround from 20 years ago ...