Strategy Analytics has put together a large look at global handset shipments, and as part of that has analyzed five years of the iPhone. The incredibly successful device has been…wouldn’t you know it, incredibly successful! In a press release, the organization claimed that in the five years since the launch of the very first iPhone, 250 million iPhones have shipped worldwide, which has brought Apple $150 billion in revenue.
Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, said:
“The iPhone portfolio has become a huge generator of cash and profit for Apple. A quarter of a billion iPhones have been shipped cumulatively worldwide in the first five years since launch and Apple reaches its fifth birthday at the top of its game. However, there are emerging signs that the iPhone’s next five years could get tougher. Some mobile operators are becoming concerned about the high level of subsidies they spend on the iPhone, while Samsung is expanding its popular Galaxy portfolio and providing Apple with more credible competition.”
I don’t know how much I agree with that. Every iPhone launch has been bigger than the one before it, selling more and more widely. And it seems that every year, Apple announces their most popular quarter ever. I’m betting it’ll be a while before the bubble bursts.