In the spirit of noblesse oblige, SI is providing two informative tables providing total unit sales and their dollar value for the iPhone and the iPad from their launch dates.
The data has been collected off Apple’s quarterly and annual filings to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Except the stones the caveman used to ward off dangers and to light a fire, never in human history has a consumer product been so successful in so short a time.
Apple has launched six generations of iPhones since 2007 – iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.
Apple invented the tablet category.
Before the iPad debuts, tablet sales worldwide probably numbered in the hundreds or, at most, a few thousands. Whatever be the numbers in the pre-iPad era, tablets were used only for esoteric applications and not a consumer device.
Apple has put five versions of the iPad since the tablets came out in 2010 – iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation) and the iPad Mini.
The 7.9-inch iPad Mini, Apple’s latest tablet model, debuted in November 2012.
Both the iPhone and iPad drive several billions of dollars in sales for Apple’s iTunes entertainment content store, App Store and the Mac App Store. We have not included those numbers here.
Android & iOS Future
While Google’s Android platform is now making considerable headway against Apple’s iOS mobile platform powering the iPhones and iPads, it’s important to bear in mind that Android unit sales and net sales are spread across multiple vendors including Samsung, Google, Acer, Asus, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Lenovo etc.
It’s hard to say if Apple can drive the same momentum for the iPhone and the iPad in the years ahead but history will record the extraordinary success of the iPhone and iPad from 2007-2013 as a milestone in human accomplishment.
Off-topic: Was watching / listening to this Bobby song.
Some not-so-interesting comments in the interesting song which has dimple’s thigh shows:
Moron1: “With that stunning looks what Dimple was doing in India? She’s more like a gorgeous , beautiful south American look- she does not look Indian at all. Is she really an Indian?”
Moron2: “yes she is INDIAN AND SHE LOOKS TOTALLY INDIAN”
Moron3: “how come indians look white here but when i go ti visit india they are black?”
Moron4: “because India have hindustan people and tamil people. Many hindustan people skin are white. Example hindustan celebrities are Kareena Kapoor and Hitrik Roshan”
Moron3 again: “aren’t they the same?”
Moron5: “No, the people who live in South are of Dravidian race, the original natives or aboriginals and the people in the north are of Aryan race the settlers from supposed to be Europe region. That’s the color difference you see.”
1. Just read the comments on YouTube!
Universal access to a keyboard is a most dangerous thing!
Of all the known species, Humans are the worst.
Savages in clothes.
As the Joker tells Batman in Dark Knight, when the chips are down, these civilized people will eat each other!
No matter what people say about equality etc, dark-skinned people journey through life at a big disadvantage.
The majority of the world is obsessed with drivel like color, religion, caste or physical attributes.
Bertrand Russell (p.8 of his autobiography) writes that just before the onset of World war 1 the philosopher Santayana was more concerned with the winter underclothes he’d left behind in Paris than with the imminent prospect of war and the inevitable carnage because he had “not enough respect for the human race to care whether it destroyed itself or not.” Initially, I found Santayana’s actions weird but subsequently found it very rational. It’s hard to be considerate of human behavior given all we know of it. For more on Santayana – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Santayana
2. A lot of YouTube forums have Paki whackos (living in Pakistan, UK, U.S. elsewhere) writing shit about India at every opportunity.
A Pakistani is defined by only two things – Hatred of India and Islam.
3. BTW, this song was a big hit even in Tamil Nadu in the 1970s!