iPhone Turning Five Years Old with 250 Million Units Sold, $150 Billion in Revenue

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    While Apple first showed off the original iPhone at Macworld San Francisco in January 2007, the device did not launch until six months later, officially arriving on June 29, 2007. With the iPhone's fifth birthday coming later this week, research firm Strategy Analytics published a brief press release noting that Apple has now sold 250 million iPhones that have generated roughly $150 billion in revenue for the company over the product's lifetime.
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    With iPhone sales continuing to accelerate, more than 100 million of those unit sales have come during the past year. The iPhone 4S has marked a significant part of the surge, with over 35 million units sold in each of the past two quarters.

    Business Insider summarizes some of the iPhone's impact on business, noting that the device now generates more quarterly revenue than Microsoft's entire business, generates more profit than GE, Microsoft, or Google, and has remade the technology industry with its dominating position.

    Article Link: iPhone Turning Five Years Old with 250 Million Units Sold, $150 Billion in Revenue
     
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    Happy birthday, iPhone.

    The 1st gen is heading off to kindergarten this fall. They grow up so fast. :sniff:
     
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    I got four of them. One 3GS and three 4S's. Haven't look back since.

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    Back in 2008, when I bought my iPhone 3G for $200 with a $30 data plan, my friends laughed at me. Boy they were on the wrong side of history..
     
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    My first was the 3G.

    Then for some insane reason I got a Droid X.

    Back with a 4S. Never going back to Android.

    Happy birthday, inanimate object. I love you!
     
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    MS Steve Balmer disagrees. :).
     
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    wow.. those images remind me of just how amazed I was when the iPhone was released. It seemed so revolutionary...

    The thing that really sticks in my mind was when Steve Jobs used Maps to find local starbucks and then called by simply tapping the number... Something we take so for granted now, but at the time I was like :eek:
     
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    I still have my original iPhone and it still works
     
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    In just five years, look how different the cell phone market is. It's really crazy how fast technology changes!
     
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    Ballmer: iPhone has "no chance" of gaining significant market share
     
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    Me too! :D It's been banged up a bit by my now 7 year old son but it still does what he wants it to do. :)
     
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    My son uses mine as an iPod touch. Works just fine too.
     
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    I remember being stunned that it wouldn't support MMS. My damned flip phone at the time supported MMS. Never understood why they did that. :confused:
     
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    Just think at its current rate Android (900k+ a day) sells more in 1 year than iphone has in 5 years. Well done Google.
     
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    Steve's legacy.

    Let's see how the next 5 years turn out. More innovation or pc like 'features' homogenization?
     
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    And it is getting a bit old!

    Apple needs to step up the game, LTE ALREADY! You have it in the iPad, like that is almost useful.

    Let some customizations happen!

    I like Apple, but loosen up, not everyone wants it to be like "1984"!

    Apple didn't you have a commercial to say "Think different", hmmm we are all marching to the same tune now with no personalization or personality!
     
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    I went back and watched the original iPhone keynote. It's amazing how much we take for granted in only five years since the iPhone's debut. The crowd went crazy when Steve "swiped to unlock". It's such a basic feature today, but in 2007, it was revolutionary.

    We'll never forget you Steve. :apple:
     
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    Yea, I like to visit YouTube every few months and watch that interview again. Too funny. :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eywi0h_Y5_U

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    Ah, I remember the poster shown in the article. 5 years, where does the time go? :D
     
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    I'll take 4000 latte's to go please. Just kidding. :D

    I wonder if the person on the phone even knows who was on the phone or what happened.
     
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    Me too. But I use it as an iPod for my iHome. I'm keeping that thing forever. It changed the game
     

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