Apple is expected to surpass Microsoft in terms of shipment of smart devices during the next two years

Published By: Ken Bock on January 9, 2017 08:58 am EST

According to a new report from analytics firm Gartner, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to surpass Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in terms of shipment of smart devices for the first time in its entire history. Interestingly, the same report has strongly backed the Cupertino-based tech giant to outperform one of its greatest competitor for at least the next two years.

For those who don’t know, both Apple and Microsoft have suffered due to a lower than required shipment of smart devices in the past three years. Fortunately, Gartner has backed Apple to finally change this trend by the end of the current year. This new report expects Apple to ship an estimated 18 million more units of smart devices this year compared to the total shipment of Microsoft. Moreover, the same source has strongly-tipped the Cupertino giant to further expand this particular gap of smart device shipment to an estimated 28 million by the end of 2019.

Although such figures put a bright light towards Apple and its future profitability, there is one slight precaution taken by Gartner. This report only includes those smart devices which either run on Apple’s iOS and OS X or Microsoft’s Windows 10. If you include Google’s open source operating system, also-known-as Android OS in such a comparison, it would easily generate a significantly greater lead on both of Apple and Microsoft. After all, out of the 2.3 billion units of smart devices shipped in 2016, majority of such devices were running on Google’s flagship operating system. Moreover, only 11.2% of such devices were running on Microsoft’s flagship Windows operating system.

Furthermore, Gartner expects a flat performance of smart device shipment in 2017, but the analytical firm does expect a growth in the industry during 2018. Hopefully, Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile can be incorporated by more third-party enterprise phone companies which should allow the Redmond-based tech giant to counter its closest rivals.