Apple has now sold over one billion iPhones


Celebrations in Cupertino as Apple passes a significant smartphone milestone

If you blinked last week, you’ll likely have missed the historic moment when Apple’s iPhone sales chart flipped over into ten digits. Yes, 1,000,000,000 iPhones have now been sold since the handset launched in 2007.

“iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history,” said CEO Tim Cook. “It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day.”

During what the press release describes as an “employee meeting” (which I think is the same as a “meeting”), Cook continued, “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”

There’s not a great deal to say about this other than to underline the fact that that is a lot of phones. If I were Tim Cook in that “employee meeting”, I’d probably try to figure out how tall the precarious Jenga-tower stack of shipped iPhones would be, but that’s a near-impossible task given the handset has gone from a girthy 11.6mm thick to a svelte 7.1mm in the past nine years. Even assuming every handset was 7.1mm, though, that’s still 7.1 million metres tall, which dwarfs the world’s tallest building by a long, long way (the Burj Khalifa is just 828 metres high, stats fans).

When Apple reaches two billion iPhone sales is less clear, given the company announced a slump in handset sales of 15% in the last financial year, but don’t worry too much – it’s still sitting pretty among the world’s most profitable companies.

Images: Simon Yeo and Paul Hudson used under Creative Commons

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