anuary 9 was one of the most significant dates in the history of digital technology. In 2007, it was on this day at Macworld in the Moscone Center (San Francisco) that Steve Jobs presented the first iPhone, from which the era of smartphones began. This does not mean that smart phones were not there before, they were simply much less popular. And even for those users who do not consider any other mobile OS than Android, it will be interesting to get acquainted with the ten-year history of success, reflected not only in sales figures, but also in those amazing facts that show the importance of the role of smartphones for a modern person.
However, on the sale of the phone, which laid the foundation of all modern mass interest in smartphones, appeared many months later – June 29, 2007. The price of his model with a 4-gigabyte drive was $ 499, and an 8-gigabyte version – $ 599.
Many people thought the first iPhone was overvalued and not powerful enough. Nevertheless, it was he who turned out to be a technological product that had the maximum impact on the digital devices industry and determined its development for a whole decade at least, and quite possibly – for a much longer period. Moreover, the entire smartphone industry in the form in which it exists today, originates from the iPhone.
Regardless of whether the user prefers Apple products or is interested in the devices of another brand, everyone knows – none of the phones has ever been and is nearly as popular and known around the world as the iPhone.
How in ten years did the sales of the iPhone change? In 2007, iPhone sales were 1.39 million units. In 2015, when the iPhone appeared on the market with large, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, sales increased sharply from 169.22 million devices (2014) to 231.22 million devices. In 2016, however, sales fell slightly compared to the previous year – to 211.88 million sold for the year iPhone.
In this context, it is important to note that Apple’s financial year ends in September. Sales figures are given in infographics in millions of units for the fiscal year.
It is important to note some interesting facts concerning both smartphones in general and the iPhone itself. As of the end of 2016, 1 billion 34 million iPhones were sold. It’s about the number of iPhones sold for its entire history of presence in the market. The users of smartphones based on the operating system iOS have a choice of 2.2 million applications. The user looks at the screen of his smartphone on average 88 times a day. 102 billion US dollars will, according to forecasts, spent in 2017 by consumers in the United States on purchases through a smartphone.
iPhone brings Apple more than 60% of its profits. The cost of producing a modern iPhone is about 225 US dollars. Any smartphone is in 2.6 billion people. Smartphones and tablets account for 50% of the world’s Internet traffic.
All these figures best show the role that mobile devices began to play in people’s lives in just ten years since the iPhone was first shown by Steve Jobs to the general public.
What technical innovations in the field of consumer electronics can be called as significant as the iPhone?
Based on statista.com and phonearena.com