The iPhone is perhaps the most celebrated mobile device in the history of the world, and probably the most influential. What is remarkable is that Apple’s best selling product is not even a decade old yet (it turns ten next year). But now it has reached an important milestone -- selling its 1 billionth unit. The chief executive officer of Apple, Tim Cook himself, formally made the announcement during an employee meeting held last week, with Apple later sharing the news by way of its online newsroom.
The iPhone is by no means the first touch screen smartphone to become available in the market back when it was released in 2007. But it was the first one though to truly capture the masses. Since the first iPhone was launched, phone makers everywhere have been trying to beat the iPhone, equal it, or come up with a clone, all with various even mixed levels of success.
And it is not just about smartphones. Some of the biggest tech companies in the world are powered by mobile apps that are designed to work with the iPhone’s interface (technically speaking, the iOS mobile operating system). You could say that Google’s Android is the most dominant mobile OS in the world right right, but it no doubt achieved its success by trying to beat the iPhone in the world of smartphones, at least at first perhaps.
Of course, within almost a decade after its initial release, the iPhone also managed to spawn other mobile devices that we might be taking for granted for right now. Chief examples are the iPad lineup of tablet devices, and the Apple Watch, the first and only wearable device from Apple. Although it must be noted that despite being successful products in their own right, the iPad and the Apple Watch never reached the levels of mainstream success that the iPhone achieved.
Selling its 1 billionth iPhone is obviously a major cause for celebration for Apple. However, the tech giant is not without its share of struggles. In terms of sales, even somebody as big as Apple can still suffer through dry periods. This week, the company had announced that it has posted its second consecutive decrease in iPhone sales.
Still, there is hope. As the iPhone turns a decade old next year, Apple is expected to pull out all stops to deliver an iPhone model that will hopefully blow consumers’ minds again, the same way the original iPhone did back in 2007. Can Apple pull it off? We’ll find out next year.
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