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Apple sells its 500 millionth Apple iPhone

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Apple sells its 500 millionth Apple iPhone
Edward Snyder, an analyst at Charter Equity Research, told the New York Times in March 2008 that Apple would have a hard time reaching Steve Jobs' goal of selling 10 million of his new-fangled iPhone device in 2008. Snyder pointed out that Nokia sold more phones in a week than Apple had sold in total up to that point. But Snyder was dead wrong, Steve Jobs was right (12.8 million units were sold in 2008) and Apple has just sold its 500 millionth iPhone.

The 100 millionth Apple iPhone was sold around February 2011, close to four years since the device first went on sale. But just one year later, the iconic smartphone quickly reached 200 million in sales. By then, of course, AT&T had lost its exclusivity. And quickly, before the end of 2012, the sales total reached 300 million.

The 400 millionth Apple iPhone was rung up in July 2013 and it is estimated that the 500 millionth iPhone was purchased on March 8th. Closing in on the ripe old age of 7, the Apple iPhone is still a force to be reckoned with. The last 100 million in sales took 2 to 6 weeks less to reach than the previous 100 million units did.

As for the 600 millionth iPhone to be sold, this milestone is expected to take place around the end of Apple's current fiscal year.

Apple has sold 500 million units of the Apple iPhone

Apple has sold 500 million units of the Apple iPhone


source: Forbes

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posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:31 9

1. hafini_27 (Posts: 225; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Well, congratulations Apple!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:54 1

17. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 418; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


500 millionth iPhone to the same 75 million iFollowers, Ya not all that impressive now is it!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 01:29

18. TBomb (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I was just thinking the same thing... ***ASSUMING*** this was a straight line graph... 7 years to reach 500milllion with a 2 year upgrade... would make it 3.5 contracts per person. 500million divided by 3.5 = would be roughly 142million people. That a little under half the US population... or all of Russia. Large by itself... but not compared to the 7billion in the world.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 14:42

20. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 418; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


i put it at 75million because of broken iphones that get reactivated and iClan that buy ipones yearly

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:33 5

2. AnukulVcool (Posts: 117; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


Feel good for apple

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:35 8

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7370; Member since: 14 May 2012)


One of the most iconic phones in history deserves the fame. Nice work.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:40 8

4. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Congratulations Apple!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 13:28

13. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


limited again.....where and what did you say what to who?

another weeks vacation by PA....

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:48 5

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 10122; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Not bad Apple, 500,000,000 is sweet.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 11:07 3

6. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


way to go Apple

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 11:11

7. ajac09 (Posts: 1344; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


500 million feature phones sold!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 13:34 1

14. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


LMAO, but true subpar midrange phone with a highend price, sure stamping a logo on it and make it a highend.

but well must give credit to them, well done..

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 11:23

8. Scott93274 (Posts: 526; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


That's some impressive growth. I'm hearing that the Smart phone market is maturing though so I wonder how long before sales taper off.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 11:32 3

9. alterecho (Posts: 1056; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


The phone that redefined phones and modern computing.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:04 1

10. Kishin (Posts: 579; Member since: 30 May 2013)


That's more iPhones than people in US!!!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:07 1

11. edmundzea (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


not fan but well done , eeer

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 13:36

15. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


me to not a fan but have a macbook air and had a ip5 but sold it, it was nice to pose and show and felt trendy.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:09 8

12. Anshulonweb (Posts: 279; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I am an android fan.....but gonna admit that iPhone is one hell of a smartphone....

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 17:37 1

16. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 501; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Thats pretty farking impressive any way you look at it.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 16:50

19. kindlefireowner (Posts: 332; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Business 101. Make a product that people want to buy. Then sell as many of them as possible, at full price.

Fandroids never understand that selling smartphones is a business.

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