Nearly two thirds of the iPhones sold in the last 10 years are still in use


The iPhone has turned ten less than a month ago. And as we wait for the next-generation iPhone 8 to come out, we came across an interesting piece of information. Apparently, nearly two thirds of all iPhone devices ever sold are still in use today.

Just to put it in perspective, as of March, the total number of shipped iPhones was 1.163 billion units, according to Apple. And the market analysis firm Newzoo now reported that 62.6% of them were still in use as of April of this year. This makes for a total of 728 million old iPhones still in the hands of their users.

Additionally, Newzoo also reported that 25% of all currently-used smartphones around the globe in April were Apple-branded, despite the fact that Cupertino's handset shipments currently acoount for only 15% of the total.

31.3%, or 228 million, of all iPhones currently in use are in China, which is the country with the most working iPhones right now. The US comes in a not-so-close second with 120 million devices (16.4%).

The most-used model is the iPhone 6, taking 21% of the total in April. The top five is completed by the iPhone 6s (18%), iPhone 7 (11%), iPhone 6 Plus (9%), and iPhone 6s Plus (8%).

via Digitimes

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19 Comments

1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wow. 3,2,1 and here we go.

9. peace247 unregistered

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15. sgodsell

Posts: 7252; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"market analysis firm Newzoo". Well that explains everything. Everyone has certainly heard of this well renowned market firm of newzoo. There market analysis has to be gospel. I mean they are a market firm and have access to all data provided by Apple right? WRONG! The only have Apple's initial numbers that Apple provided. Talk about fake news. Way to go iPhonearena.

2. NoAllegiance unregistered

So nearly 50% of iPhone users come from China and USA alone, I would like to to see other OEMs stats like this. PA should post more articles like this.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I know of hospitals and clinics that use old iPhones like the 4S, 5, and 5S as paging devices. I will say the old iPhone design that is still used on the modern SE was pretty durable. I wish they would continue with it, just in a slightly larger form. I own an SE and I can say that it’s been a pretty great phone in terms of durability and ruggedness.

8. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Yeah those phones were iPhones at its peak. It'd be nice to see the elegance of metal and glass combined in future iPhones. I too own an SE and it's just as fast and bug-free as some flagships.

16. Furbal unregistered

18:9 iphone SE would be pretty great. Maybe a little larger to add in the haptic engine and dual speakers.

4. Leo_MC

Posts: 7272; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That goes to prove the reliability of an iPhone device and its real price.

6. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Reliability and real price are two different parameters. Currently, Apple sells iPhone 5s in developing countries like India for $250. It is a ridiculous price for a 4 year old iphone model. It does not support basic features like volte. And as far as reliability is concerned, even a $100 android mobile can be used for 4-5 years for basic stuff like messaging and calling. So iphones are not doing anything special in terms of reliability and real pricing.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 7272; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

When 2/3 of iPhones are still in use, it means there's a reliable device that is worth the price (one can use it longer than one would have used another brand). Volte is not a "basic feature", it's a feature reserved for high end phones.

5. DuanLe

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 13, 2017

I still use an iphone 5c. It's very good

7. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Very good crash rate. My old iPhone 5 definitely showed age and the 5C would be no different.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21811; Member since: May 28, 2014

One can also look at it this one of three ways, IMO: 1) The older models mentioned in this article are so good that users didn't feel it was necessary to upgrade to the respective newer model 2) The users of the older models mentioned in this article didn't feel that the respective newer models offered enough to be worth upgrading to. 3) Apple still sells a lot of the older models mentioned in this article, despite the release of respective newer models. Still, Apple has the most impressive smartphones sales in the business.

11. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I can see a few people’s heads exploding after this comment lol

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21811; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, me too. It wasn't meant incite anyone to anger, just offering a different, logical perspective on what could be the actual reasons for this.

12. TBomb

Posts: 1419; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I feel like after you think about the statistic a little bit it is really not that impressive.. for any OEM. Sicne the first iPhone was not nearly as popular as the next and so on and so forth, the level of influence someone getting rid of their older iPhone has on the final number diminishes. If Apple sold 1 million iPhone (Gen 1) and 2 million (Gen 2) Even if every person traded in their Gen 1 iPhone for the G2 the same percentage would still stand. When G3 were to come out and they sold 3 million, you only need to have less than 1 million people trade in their G2 for the G3 to keep the statistic. It just means that for every 2 phones Apple sells there needs to be 1 person who doesn't get rid of their new one (and as you get to more realistic numbers like 50million, 1 person play an even less significant role in the percentages) - which isn't hard IMO since people don't need the latest and greatest except for teenage girls and people like us who are enthusiasts.

14. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Wow... impressive! I wonder what other OEMS stats are now, out of curiosity.

17. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Used iPhones are for sale all over eBay, Craigslist, and so on. And then there are the iPhone-exclusive thieves and smugglers, an entire black market of iPhones. Apple products seem to hold their value in insane proportions, and demand hasn't slowed. The more that an iPhone fetches on the dark-web, the more Apple can charge for them the first time they sell them.

19. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Proud 6s Plus owner here.

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