After decades of leadership in device shipments, Microsoft is set to lose its place to Apple in 2017, according to a Gartner's market prediction. The forecast takes into account all sorts of devices running Windows, OS X (now macOS) or iOS, from PCs and 2-in-1s to tablets and phones.
As can be seen in the chart above, the shipment of devices running Windows has been declining since 2013, so Gartner predicts this trend won't change for 2017. In the other hand, shipments of Apple's devices also seemed to be declining, but Gartner predicts this trend is about to change, even though no explanation is given on that matter.
"The global devices market is stagnating. Mobile phone shipments are only growing in emerging Asia/Pacific markets, and the PC market is just reaching the bottom of its decline."
In addition, Atwal pointed out that consumers have few reasons to buy new traditional devices, mainly because of the current slower rate of innovation. This trend is also reflecting on the average selling prices which are starting to stagnate, according to Atwal.
In the same press release, Gartner stated that nearly seven billion PCs, tablets and phones were in use in the world by the end of last year.