ONE BILLION iPHONES
As first reported by Reuters following Apple’s January earnings call, there are now more than one billion active iPhones in use around the world - the highest figure since records began. Combined, there are now more than 1.65 billion active Apple devices in use, ranging from iPads and Apple Watches to Apple TVs and MacBooks, demonstrating the company’s enormous reach and market penetration. Although Apple’s smartphone market share has fallen in recent years, especially in markets such as China, rival Huawei had 357.7 million active phones according to recent data, showing Apple is still leaps and bounds ahead. In the same period, Apple generated an all-time revenue record of $111.4 billion in its first-quarter results for 2021, despite the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic impacting supply chains and retail sales.
The iPhone launched in 2007, but you have to go further back to truly understand the enormity of the one billion milestone. Apple’s Steve Jobs rejoined the company back in 1997 and appointed Jony Ive as Apple’s Vice President of Industrial Design. Together, the pair designed and launched some of Apple’s most iconic products, including the smartphone we all know and love today. Just ten years after the launch of the iPhone, Apple had changed the world, and Tim Cook proudly announced that it had sold one billion iPhones in 2016, Three short years later, in 2019, Apple revealed that more than 900 million active iPhones were in use around the world, and now just two years on, there’s now an additional hundred million iPhones in use at the time of publication. In the same breath, it’s been revealed that Apple sold its 1.9 billionth iPhone at the end of 2020, suggesting a two billion sales milestone is just around the corner, in what will no doubt become Apple’s most successful year to date.
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