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Will Apple's Mac and iOS Finally Pass Windows in 2014?

The following video is from Friday's installment of The Motley Fool's Weekly Tech Review, in which host Chris Hill and analysts Eric Bleeker and Jason Moser look at the biggest stories driving the tech sector this week.

Gartner predictions show Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Android devices overtaking Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Windows last year in terms of units shipped, and Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iOS and Mac devices in a dead heat with Windows devices by 2014. While these numbers can be notoriously unreliable, they point toward the future of looking at "computing devices" rather than PCs versus smartphones. Already, Apple sees 50% higher profits than Microsoft and Intel  (NASDAQ: INTC  ) -- the keystones of the PC industry -- combined. 

In this video, Eric compares these companies in terms of profitability and projects what the battleground for these companies will look like in the next few years.

The full video is available here .

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The relevant video segment can be found between 4:07 and 7:22.

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  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 9:59 AM, babyleg wrote:

    Higher profits than Intel? You do realize there is Intel inside Apple? iMac's and MacBooks have i3, i5 and i7 Processors inside...just food for thought.

  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 11:08 AM, techy46 wrote:

    Apple's higher profits are from consumers that buy devices for entertainment rather then enterprise workers. How many Apple or Google servers are employed by enterprises to power applications and content servers? Let's see how fast Mr. Apple's profits fall as Google's now selling all the toys and Apple's overpriced gadgets are not as popular in other countries.

  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 11:10 AM, GuitarJim wrote:

    Over seven minutes of blather, and neither one of them answered the question. He didn't ask if either Android or iOS would outsell Windows. He asked if businesses were likely to switch from Windows to either of the mobile OS's within the next couple of years. The business world is dominated by large displays, keyboards and mice, and Microsoft Office. I haven't seen anyone do anything that would convince a typical business that they could get the job done either faster, better, or cheaper with anything other than a PC. Until they do, the business world will continue using PC's.

    As far as profits, perhaps someone should remind Eric Bleeker that units sold isn't the only number that you need to plug into the formula to determine profit. Cost of goods and and wholesale price, or the difference between the two, are equally important. If you don't take all three into account then you can't explain why Samsung sells more units than Apple, but Apple has higher profits.

  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 11:11 AM, techy46 wrote:

    Make lots of money by being a technology atheist and buy Intel which will be powering all OS devices.

  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 11:14 AM, applefan1 wrote:

    What I find kind of silly is that Intel and Microsoft are in completely different business models from Apple and from each other. Their respective business structure is completely different and shouldn't be really compared to each other.

    Intel is a semiconductor mfg, Microsoft is a software developer and Apple is a personal computing company.

    I would compare Apple more to Dell and HP, even though Apple doesn't have the Enterprise Software and Services that Dell and HP both have. Lenovo, Acer and Asus are different in that they don't make apps like Apple nor do they have the iTunes/App Store or the Apple Store lines of business to draw from.

  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 11:15 AM, techy46 wrote:

    I have seen first hand how at least two enterprises tried to switch to Google docs and switched back to Office 365 after a couple of months of user complaints and process failures. It's possible to use Apple and Android devices as enterprsie clients but not really worth the extra effort unless that's just your religion.

  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 11:26 AM, applefan1 wrote:

    I think what's been going on is that there are new ways companies are using computing technology. Example. in the medical industry, doctors and nurses are relying more and more on iPads than a traditional PC business model. So in that area, iPads are seeing lots of growth. They are easy to carry, easy to use, easy to deploy and manage.

    In the airline industry, Pilots are starting to use iPads, because they are taking the place of manual books and maps, not laptops.

    In retail, iPads are being deployed instead of a traditonal cash register or a PC based cash register.

    In the Education market, they are starting to replace laptops and desktops because kids can read their books via an iPad as well as run learning based applications. I've seen teachers actually start to use iPads as they can also use a keyboard and do their word processing on an iPad without too much problem.

    I think tablets are more of an add on product for other types of jobs and are also being used for people that do their jobs standing up where using a desktop or laptop isn't desirable.

    Sure, the average consumer doesn't always NEED a desktop or laptop, so I think the tablet market is starting to sell to those that really don't use a traditional computer enough to continue buying them, so they'll opt for a tablet.

    Tablets are also being used to control HVAC in businesses and residential instead of a dedicated touch screen.

    The tablet market is still in it's infancy and it attracts a much wider audience. There are still lots of people that don't use computers, if they do, they have minimal requirements which the iPad fills quite nicely.

    I think people are thinking that if Apple wins that Microsoft loses, etc. etc. Apple didn't create the iPad to take over Microsoft sales. All they saw was a potential market which wasn't based around a laptop or desktop and more and more people are realizing they can do what they need on an iPad than getting some dirt cheap notebook with a small screen that's painfully slow.

    I think if they looked at the tablet owners, most of them probably have a desktop and/or laptop in addition. It's just a matter of what's getting used more.

  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2013, at 2:54 PM, pjf001 wrote:

    I am a computer Technician... been working in the Computer industry for over 40 years. I have Windows on my home computers-- because I need to understand and use then in my computer job. BUT... as SOON I tire in 3 years I'm going to throw away (or sell!) any PC I have with Microsoft's "junk" on it and go to Apple devices.

    I'm just one person but I'm part of a tidal wave leaving Microsoft's stuff behind me and going to something that works all (or most of!) the time.

    Just saying something I believe is happening and where the computer industry is going.

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