Apple announces 1 billion active devices worldwide

Apple announces 1 billion active devices worldwide
Today's quarterly earnings call from Apple kept up a recent trend by Apple to continue growing, but not quite as fast as Wall Street keeps thinking it will. Earnings were up from last year, but missed expectations. However, Apple also had another interesting fact to share as part of the earnings call: there are now 1 billion Apple devices in active use around the world.

Apple obviously didn't give a breakdown of this number, but it is probably safe to assume that the majority of the Apple devices in use are iPhones and iPads, though Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch are all counted in this number. This is quite impressive for Apple, which is a company more known for profit margins than especially large device sales totals (at least compared to something like Android.) It is especially interesting given that Apple just announced that it had sold its 1 billionth iOS device back in November of 2014.

The question is how much more room that number has to grow. Apple isn't necessarily a company that targets emerging markets with low-cost devices, which are areas where Android and even Windows Phone flourish; and, higher end markets are getting saturated with smartphones. Apple has started to diversify with the Apple Watch and more of a focus on the Apple TV, but neither device has been the runaway success that Apple experienced with the iPhone or iPad. Still, with the money Apple has in the bank, it has something of a cushion to figure out its next move. 

source: Apple

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49 Comments

1. Rafishant

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Congrats Apple! One billion active (only high end) devices is amazing... A true achievement indeed.

18. AnTuTu

Posts: 1601; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Kudos to Apple for this achievement.

2. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

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4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple fans must be very proud.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be salty.

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Stop being bitter!

15. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Stop being sweet!

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Stop being sour! XD

30. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Stop being umami! ;p

6. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Great achievement considering the cost and single brand. I guess Android as a platform does it in a single year.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's easy to have it in a single year when your os is on everything from cheap shoddy tablets to toys that you can probably get in a dollar store.

19. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

i dont know why you make me feel you are a masochist

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17295; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ironic that just a few comments up you told someone else not to be salty.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wasn't being salty.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Look Apple is copying Android again. 1billion users for their mobile platform. After 8 long years finally. Welcome to the world.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be ignorant, techie.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I stated a fact even if you don't like it. After all every time Apple does something and Android does it later, you say its copying right? How is this any different? Oh I know, because you're a hypocrite. Go cry me a river on someone else's shoulders. Mine are off limits.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My bs senses were tingling. Your facts are pure bs and you know it. You calling me a hypocrite is pretty much the pot calling the kettle black. You go cry me a river of salty tears.

13. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Platform wars aside, one billion devices from a single manufacturer is pretty impressive.

27. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

pssstt, techie is not a smart person, let him be with his own world.

44. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Bet I'm smart than you. Care to place a bet on it? I'm smart enough not to be a fan boy to start. That makes me smarter than more than 1/2 the people here. The fact I use critical thinking outside the box and no fan Boi one liners for likes makes me smarter. Apple is doing good. Great. I want to see no good company fall. But I don't have to love or even like them. Apple hasn't done anything for me. I've done for them more than they have for me. I've bought personally well.over $20,000 worth of Apple products in my life. Yes lots have bought more and even more have bought less. I buy what works whether I like the company or not. That makes me smarter than you. Because see I don't care if you say something bad about a company indonlike. What I do gate is lies and exaggerated facts..which is typical fan boy banter at best. Hate me because I'm not a fan. Doesn't bother me. I didn't come here to be liked by you. I have a wife and a nice amount of money. There is nothing you can do for me and nothing you say bothers me. But I will call your assistance out if you get on my nerves. Amazing how you fans only attack people who have the balls to think less like you. It's the same on all platforms. That actually shows who's less smarter.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I never said it qasnt. However Apple got help from other manufacturers just like everyone else. Who makes all the parts that goes in the iPhone? Is it solely Apple? No. What world I am in? Apple is not the only company to have 1B people using its products. Last time I checked, Microsoft did that years ago. I am not taking any from them. Even though Apple is a single company, it took money and the efforts of their partners to make it. If any partner specifically in this case Samsung who makes most of the parts that go in their devices weren't able to keep up with chop fabrication and more, they wouldn't have enough product on the shelf. Actually you're right I am in my own world because I think outside the box. Apple is where they are because they solely depend on others to make them a good products, making them just like every one else. Google is a single company that has over 1.2Billion people using their products and services. Last time I checked Google is also one company. Would Good have billions of people using their services without Android? Yes! Google maps and Google mail and Google search already had billions of unique users for years. Android simply caught up to the rest. I give credit to all those involved because hypocrites wont. Apple did well, but should thank Sony for providing their caneras, Samsung for the chips, modems and more, whatever company makes the batteries and Sony again for providing Apple with its iconic design. And whoever else I didn't mentions thanks for saving Apple from their own destruction. Is that better? Samsung is the only OEM who consistently sold 80M phones on average per quarter since 2011, did you congratulate them? Nope. Nokia for years sold 100M phones with Symbian. Did you congratulate them? Windows has been running on 1billion computers since XP, did you congratulate them? See I don't care about any one company because I'm not a fan. I love tech. I am brand agnostic. The problem with people like you is simple. When Apple does something you love them to death. So.wone else does it, you make your Samsung photocopier posts. Now it's the other way around and you birch in like a female on her period. Dude! Apple is where they are because of the hard work they did to sit down an negotiate deals to where all they do is sit back and wait for the money. Everyone else is how Apple is successful. If Samsung breaks the contact and stops the chips, what happens? No saying they will. Just saying it'll they did. Samsung depends less on other and makes all their own stuff for the most part. You know Steve Jobs said it best when he talked about Microsoft. He said, they don't think of any original ideas and they make really second rate products. He says he is not jealous of Microsoft success in that they earned their success for the most part. He just thinks they make really second rate products. How is Apple.any different? Success depends on others.

46. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No! Obtaining one billion sells by any one company is impressive. I equally praise every company that has done this. Apple wasn't the first and they won't be the last.

54. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Smart people generally don't waste their time posting essays just to prove something on blog sites.

20. Unordinary unregistered

How many OEMS does it take to change a ligh.... I mean how many OEMS does it take to reach 1billion together. EL OH EL

24. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Techie trolls Apple, then you troll Android in response. You two are no different really.

25. Unordinary unregistered

I laugh at what comes out of his mouth lol.

26. Hashed unregistered

There's nothing funny about what he said to laugh at you moron.

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

funny to people that have been around long enough, between his long posts full of half info and crap, and now this.

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