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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Happy birthday, iPhone.

    The 1st gen is heading off to kindergarten this fall. They grow up so fast. :sniff:
  3. applesith macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
  4. Ingot macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2010
    I got four of them. One 3GS and three 4S's. Haven't look back since.


    You joined macrumors when first iPhone was released.
  5. Laird Knox macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2010
  6. kniemann macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2012
    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..
  7. HarryKeogh macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2008
    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!
  8. i.mac macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2007
    MS Steve Balmer disagrees. :).
  9. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    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:
  10. jav6454 macrumors Pentium


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I still have my original iPhone and it still works
  11. Lordskelic macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2010
    In just five years, look how different the cell phone market is. It's really crazy how fast technology changes!
  12. phillipduran macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2008
    Ballmer: iPhone has "no chance" of gaining significant market share
  13. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    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. :)
  14. phillipduran macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2008
    My son uses mine as an iPod touch. Works just fine too.
  15. linkismyhero macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2012
    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:
  16. Sensation macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2012
    Just think at its current rate Android (900k+ a day) sells more in 1 year than iphone has in 5 years. Well done Google.
  17. tdream macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2009
    Steve's legacy.

    Let's see how the next 5 years turn out. More innovation or pc like 'features' homogenization?
  18. 1080p macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
  19. mygoldens macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2005
    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!
  20. bboucher790 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2007
    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:
  21. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Yea, I like to visit YouTube every few months and watch that interview again. Too funny. :D



  22. Fazzy macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    check the tracking device
    Ah, I remember the poster shown in the article. 5 years, where does the time go? :D
  23. phillipduran macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2008
    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.
  24. Ay_Zimmy macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    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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