Apple Quietly Sells Its 500 Millionth iPhone

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As documented in its quarterly earnings reports over the years, Apple reported total sales of 472 million iPhones between the device's 2007 launch and the end of 2013. With analyst estimates of over 38 million units for the current quarter ending in just a few days, the company has undoubtedly already sold its 500 millionth iPhone, a milestone that passed without mention from the Cupertino company, notes Forbes.
    Apple is known for celebrating notable milestones, changing its homepage for the 30th anniversary of the Mac and setting up countdowns on its website for App Store milestones. The company reached the 50 billion app download milestone in May 2013 and awarded a $10,000 iTunes Store gift card to the person who downloaded the 50 billionth app.

    Even though Apple didn't announce the 500 million iPhone milestone, it is not without significance. Quarterly iPhone sales continue to rise consistently on a year-over-year basis, with the company selling a record 51 million iPhones in fiscal Q1 2014, up from 47.8 million in the same time period in the prior year.

    These next few quarters may see a slump in iPhone sales as Apple gears up for a possible fall launch of the iPhone 6. Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 is widely rumored to include a larger display, which could encourage a significant number of users to upgrade in 2014 and cause another spike in sales later this year.

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  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2007
    Perhaps they figured they’d reach the billionth mark pretty soon anyway. ;)
  3. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Apple employee, whispers: Thank you for your purchase, have a great day
    Customer: What?
    Apple employee, whispers: enjoy your phone
    Customer: I can't hear you, speak up.
  4. macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2013
    It's not about winning, it's about making the best products.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    Makes you proud to even be their species. Hats off :)
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2003
    If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.

    That's 500 million devices at $600 per device on average. $300 beelion dollars!
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    The 500 millionth iPhone is going to get a push notification from Apple after quarterly earnings are announced and the lucky owner gets free iPhone upgrades for life.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2012
    Cupertino, CA
  9. macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts

    Hi Tim! ;) :p
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 24, 2013
    Midwest, US
    You can bet that they'll mention it at this summer's WWDC.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    How can someone sell 500 million phones "quietly"?
  12. macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    It all depends on the topic
  13. macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
    Apple should give the person who bought it a $500 iTunes gift card.
  14. macrumors 68000

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    It would even more interesting to see how this compares to other manufacturers of phones. For example I would not be surprised that Nokia and Samsung have sold more than that in total. However, if you compare smartphones in the above $400 category, how close is anyone to apple? I would bet a pretty penny that they are not close at all.
  15. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Apple shoulda sent #500m to Steve Balmer with a sweet love note. :D
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    Bang up job, Apple!

    Now that you sold half a billion, let's expand the lineup, yes?
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2007
    Translated: We're not winning X, so we move the goal posts to Y.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011

    Why? Balmer is no longer the CEO of MS. He's enjoying a very wealthy lifestyle on the board of directors with very little interaction with the marketing or development.

    Got an iPhone, Mac and iPad myself but it sounds like somebody has a bad case of bias. ;)
  19. macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2013
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2012
    I never found Apple sales numbers to be particularly interesting or worthy of front page news.. It's obvious that "if Apple releases X - they are going to sell a very high number of X over the years".
  21. macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    When are the going to start that.

    Define best, as for me the iPhone is not it.

    Apple makes what it wants, THEN persuades you that what you want.
    As opposed to most other things, where companies make items and you choose what you want.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    wow !! 500 million!
    and 7 years ago Steve had an ambition only to get 10% of the 100 million smartphones user, back in the day.
  23. macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
  24. macrumors regular

    May 11, 2009
    imminent DEATH

    Which analyst will be first to use this information to predict Apple's imminent DEATH ??
  25. macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    Funny thing is; "most" other things are crap. And the rest are usually simply "less than they could be".
    But, bon appétit...

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