Apple was claiming that as many as 25 million copies of Mac OS X were sold. So let's go with
that number. There are lots more that have not switched to Mac OS X, either because their
systems are older (pre G3) or because they can't , due to application software they have to
have that hasn't transmogrified into Mac OS X mode yet.
If we do as Apple does and add an average of 3 people to the Mac OS X based 25 million, we
still end up with somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 million users that use Macs, right?
Retiring and Recycling
Do we remove 20% of the systems to either the recycling center or to retirement? We created a
Running Total Retired column, knowing full well it isn't any where near being accurate (unless
Apple reveals to us a count of those machines that have been destroyed [or buried, like they did
with the Lisas]). How many iMacs have you seen tossed into landfills? Many are repurposed,
resold and even given away even now by the likes of Sun Remarketing
), Recycled Goods (
educational institutions, government entities and others like
Apple has had their own recycling program as well (keeping machines out of landfills);
The recycling reports are in tonnage (
instead of machines and thoughtfully include non Mac equipment,
. There are also a lot of non CPU
items like monitors, printers, etc. in that mix.
Getting a recycled/retired CPU number is next to
impossible, because Apple isn't the only one
doing recycling of all computer equipment and
peripherals. Remember, these are not the units
that go back out into public sale. They get
reduced back to metal, plastic and glass and go
through remanufacturing processes in an effort to
keep the environment green .
So for giggles, lop off another 6 million Macs and
we are at around 24 million active, running, in
use G3, G4 and G5 Macs. That is only a few
million more than we have retired in the table.
Is 20% attrition of total Macs ever made, too low
a number? (That is my own SWAG [Scientific
Wild A**ed Guess]). That is why we have a
Running Total In Use column. Whack off the 48
million at the top of that column and that still
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