The news came only a day after Apple reported its second straight quarter of declining sales, but a billion iPhones sold in less than a decade is still a monumental achievement.
In a staff meeting at the company’s Cupertino headquarters yesterday, CEO Tim Cook announced the milestone. The billionth sale was rung up sometime, somewhere in the last week, but Apple won’t say where. The Verge asked if any special treatment was given to their billionth customer; Apple declined to comment.
Here’s the text from a brief statement on Apple’s website:
“iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day,” said Cook. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”
Rumours abound that Apple is planning a major overhaul to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone next year. But clearly, the nine generations of the device so far have been a big hit with users and have done very well for the company. iPhone, you’ve come a long way since 2007!