Did you know that Apple sold more than 3,000 miles of iPhones in Q1 2014?

Did you know that Apple sold more than 3,000 miles of iPhones in Q1 2014?
As we told you back in April, Apple sold a total of 43.7 million iPhones during the first quarter of 2014 (January - March). While that represents a lot of cash, and a record for the company (a considerable increase from the 37.4 million iPhones sold in the first quarter of 2013), we can also look at the figure in a different, unusual way.

Most of the iPhones sold by Apple last quarter were 5s and 5c models, with the old iPhone 4s 8GB likely accounting for a relatively small percentage of sales. We can probably safely assume that the average length of all iPhones sold by Apple during the quarter was about 4.8 inches (122 mm) - since the iPhone 5s is 4.87 inches long, the iPhone 5c is 4.90 inches, and the iPhone 4s measures in at only 4.54 inches.

If we multiply 4.8 inches by 43.7 million, we get 209,760,000 inches, thus 3,310 miles (5,327 km). That’s the distance that you’d cover by putting all the iPhones sold last quarter head to head. It’s more than the distance from New York to Los Angeles (about 2,808 miles), or from Miami to Seattle (about 3,297 miles). In fact, it’s more than the distance from any East Coast location to any location on the West Coast. If you could build a bridge out of those 43.7 million iPhones, it would span over the Atlantic Ocean, from New York to London.


What about the total weight of iPhones sold between January and March this year? Well, let’s assume that the average weight is around 115 grams (since the iPhone 5s weighs 112 grams, but the iPhone 5c is heavier). 43.7 million iPhones weighing ~115 grams means about 5,025 metric tons. That’s slightly over 11 million pounds - around 24 times more than the weight of the Statue of Liberty (450,000 pounds).

Note: the quarter from January to March, which most of us know as Q1 2014, was Apple’s second 2014 fiscal quarter.

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