How many iPhones have been sold till date? A billion! There had been a rumor going around that Apple was nearing this magic number of total iPhones sold for a few weeks now. And this was just based on the cumulative sales numbers Apple releases quarterly (like the most recent quarter) of all iPhone models sold till date. Today it was confirmed (via 9to5mac) that this is indeed not just a rumor but a hard fact through a leaked internal Apple email! Insane achievement indeed considering a few things,
- Steve Jobs famously said that he/Apple will be happy if they were able to capture 1% of the Global smartphone market, when the original iPhone was released almost a decade ago. A billion iPhones definitely seems a lot more than 1%
- Considering the profit margins (almost 40% consistently) for Apple on these iPhones, the sheer amount of dollars the company has made in profit from just one product line definitely must have created some kind of a world record
Oh and by the way, I am sure many of the readers by now are asking how does this number compare to Android phones sold. Head over to this detailed Benedict Evans piece on cumulative number of iPhones and Android phones sold till date. It clears a lot of misconceptions on this subject like...
Also look into this post from Horace Dediu on this topic for more affirmation on this insane feat achieved by Apple and the iPhone.