2012 in computing is crazy:
Apple's on track to become the biggest tech company in the world by revenue. Bigger than Microsoft and Intel combined.
Samsung took over Nokia to become the world's largest phone manufacturer by the number of units shipped. Apple's in third place, which is pretty amazing considering they only do smartphones.
Following the path of mobile browsers, Retina MBP took the next step in obsoleting the long-standing 1:1 ratio between CSS pixels and screen pixels. The future units are arc-seconds in content layout and millimeters in content rendering. Or something.
The largest PC operating system continues to be Windows. It's more or less impossible to buy non-Windows PCs in retail stores (at least in London, YMMV). You can buy Macs though, and I did see a Chromebook concession in a Curry's PCWorld recently.
Chrome finally ended IE's 13-year-run as the world's most popular web browser. Firefox and Safari are going strong as well. Go web!
In an even bigger surprise, the best-selling operating system in the world is Linux. Android activations overtook PC shipments this year, ending Microsoft's DOS/Windows-powered 30-year run as the world's most popular personal computing operating system.
World's most popular personal computing CPU architecture is ARM. Even counting just smartphones.
The most popular 3D API is OpenGL ES, used by Android, iOS and WebGL. And iOS seems to be becoming the biggest gaming platform ever, surpassing PS2 and Nintendo DS.
[Note that Apple's growth rate is in the 30-50% range]
[Chrome overtakes IE]
[World-wide PC shipments in Q2 ~90 million, or 1 million per day]
[1.3 million Android activations per day]