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Old Feb 28, 2014, 01:49 PM   #1
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Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated]




During today's annual stockholders meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed (via Bloomberg) that 40 billion iMessages and 15 to 20 million FaceTime calls are made daily. That number suggests iMessage has grown exponentially over the course of the last year as usage numbers were at two billion messages per day in January of 2013.

As of mid-2013, Apple had 320 million iCloud accounts with 900 billion iMessages sent, a number that would be significantly higher today, taking into account 40 billion iMessages a day.

In comparison, popular messaging service WhatsApp, which was just purchased by Facebook, processes 50 billion messages per day. BlackBerry Messenger users on Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry phones send and receive upwards of 10 billion messages per day.

iMessage and FaceTime have become increasingly important messaging services for Apple over the course of the last year, and the company recently enhanced FaceTime with FaceTime Audio for both iOS devices and Macs, putting the video service on par with other apps like Skype.

During the meeting, Cook also announced impressive Apple TV sales numbers topping $1 billion and said the company had not lost its "innovative DNA."

Update 12:46 PM PST: According to The Wall Street Journal reporter Daisuke Wakabayashi, Apple CEO Tim Cook told shareholders that the company processes "several billion" iMessages per day, with the 40 billion number referring to notifications.

Article Link: Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated]
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 01:51 PM   #2
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Thankfully it's also been much more reliable of late
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 01:51 PM   #3
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The numbers that Apple posts nowadays are so obnoxiously huge. It's so cool haha.
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 01:54 PM   #4
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And they have a working business model, in selling hardware with free services.
Take that WhatsApp!
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 01:55 PM   #5
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If you consider each message to be 160 characters at 7 bits per character, that's 5.21 TB per day in each direction, not including any image, video, or FaceTime data. Wow. So bandwidth.
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 01:56 PM   #6
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Thankfully it's also been much more reliable of late
Yeah, it feels like it's been quite a while since last went down. Way to go Apple!
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 01:56 PM   #7
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I guess it shows just how many people live inside Apple's little walled garden!
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 02:00 PM   #8
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I use iMessage almost daily.
and most of the time upwards of 20-50 in a day.
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 02:00 PM   #9
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Those numbers are crazy but I'm happy they're able to handle.
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 02:02 PM   #10
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I guess it shows just how many people live inside Apple's little walled garden!
And it's such a nice garden.

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Old Feb 28, 2014, 02:04 PM   #11
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I use iMessage almost daily.
and most of the time upwards of 20-50 in a day.
FaceTime Audio & iMessage 99% of the day

Especially now I can use FaceTime Audio on my Air too
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 02:04 PM   #12
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So, Whatsapp is an amazing company worth $19 billion. But Apple is toast and surely going to lose money, and a terrible stock to own... even though it sends as many messages per day as Whatsapp? See why it makes sense for Apple to buy back its own shares instead of acquiring a company like this? They can already do everything whatsapp does, and much more. If Wall St. ever pulls their heads out of their collective butts, we should see Apple trading at over $1000...
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iMessage is a great service. Keep on delivering, Apple!
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 02:07 PM   #14
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FaceTime, working just like a phone call (video or just audio) with zero config needed, and ringing all my devices at once, is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And cheaper too!

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I guess it shows just how many people live inside Apple's little walled garden!
It's weird how I can still call, text, Skype, WhatsApp, WeChat, Google Hangout, you-name-it to people outside the garden! They really have to work on those "walls"...
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 02:11 PM   #15
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It's weird how I can still call, text, Skype, WhatsApp, WeChat, Google Hangout, you-name-it to people outside the garden! They really have to work on those "walls"...
Maybe that's what they're working on next... FaceTime > FaceTime Audio > Skype Competitor.

FaceTime Audio with Dial-out would be pretty sweet..
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 02:23 PM   #16
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Got to have some carriers worried.
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FaceMail?!?

How do we not have FaceTime FaceMail yet? (This would be video Voice Mail)

If we did, I'd stop calling (via the phone network) my FaceTime friends with the phone, I'd just use FaceTime.

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Do u want a cookie Apple?

Please make imessage more powerful.

You log our conversations so u can at least return the favor and improve your product
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 02:38 PM   #19
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Do u want a cookie Apple?

Please make imessage more powerful.

You log our conversations so u can at least return the favor and improve your product
I love iMessage, it's pretty awesome how well it handles animated .gif images.
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And they have a working business model, in selling hardware with free services.
Take that WhatsApp!
Seriously? Why that attitude towards WhatsApp. Did one of the founders there hurt a family member?
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I love iMessage, it's pretty awesome how well it handles animated .gif images.
I like that

Why not more
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So, Whatsapp is an amazing company worth $19 billion. But Apple is toast and surely going to lose money, and a terrible stock to own... even though it sends as many messages per day as Whatsapp?
I don't understand your logic.
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 03:00 PM   #23
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Seriously? Why that attitude towards WhatsApp. Did one of the founders there hurt a family member?
People get so caught up in some sort of weird inexplicable and really irreverent hate or even love of something they don't even know it themselves...but somehow they must do everything they can to stand behind that strong feeling they have for some reason (or don't even have but think they do or should).
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 03:17 PM   #24
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Do u want a cookie Apple?

Please make imessage more powerful.

You log our conversations so u can at least return the favor and improve your product
What's missing to make it more powerful?? It already does all the major things everyone uses a messaging app for and it seems to have improved from the times where it would go down.
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 03:34 PM   #25
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Is that counting the ones that don't get through?!
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