Apple's iPhone now being used by more than a billion people, analyst estimates

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The big picture: Apple’s iconic iPhone is now being actively used by more than a billion people around the world according to one renowned analyst. If accurate or even in the ballpark, it means it took Apple a little over 13 years from the time it launched the first-gen iPhone to reach the milestone.

Neil Cybart said in a recent research note that according to his estimate, Apple surpassed the billion iPhone user mark last month.

Cybart runs Above Avalon, a company that focuses on analyzing Apple from a Silicon Valley and Wall Street perspective.

Since Apple doesn’t disclose the iPhone installed base (the total number of new and used iPhones currently in use) on a quarterly basis, Cybart said, two variables are needed to gauge this figure: the number of people that buy a new iPhone from Apple or a third-party retailer and the number of folks using iPhones obtained via the grey market like those obtained from friends or family or purchased used online.

Based on Cybart’s metrics, the iPhone installed base likely crossed the one billion mark in September.

For reference, Apple did reveal in FY1Q19 that its iPhone installed base had crossed 900 million devices.

The company sold its one billionth iPhone in 2016.

Looking ahead, Cybart believes there are three priorities that Apple will want to focus on to ensure the iPhone continues on its path of success: pushing camera technology boundaries, increasing the value associated with iPhone ownership and boosting the number of tasks the device is capable of accomplishing.

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Hexic

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When considering market share... iPhone is Apple’s ONLY successful product. You could include Apple Watch as well to be fair. They’re doing well in market share also.
 

PEnnn

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When considering market share... iPhone is Apple’s ONLY successful product. You could include Apple Watch as well to be fair. They’re doing well in market share also.
LOL!! Do you live in an Apple-hating bubble??

Have you heard of the IPad, IPod, Mac, MacBook, etc??
 
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psycros

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Anyone who honestly believes that one out of 7.5 people are using an iPhone probably also believes real communism has never been tried.
 
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Jpe1701

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Apple is always ahead of everyone else. You mark my words that Microsoft will put a magnetically attached cable on their surface but I bet they won't be forward thinking enough to make it charge at qi charging efficiency. Probably all the other computer companies will start putting an ssd in their systems like Apple just started doing too, but the jerks probably won't charge enough for the Ram so jokes on them.
 
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mattferg

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Anyone who honestly believes that one out of 7.5 people are using an iPhone probably also believes real communism has never been tried.
Real communism hasn’t been tried ??‍♂ If you read Marx’s theory the dictatorship of the proletariat isn’t the final communism stage
 
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mattferg

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Apple is always ahead of everyone else. You mark my words that Microsoft will put a magnetically attached cable on their surface but I bet they won't be forward thinking enough to make it charge at qi charging efficiency. Probably all the other computer companies will start putting an ssd in their systems like Apple just started doing too, but the jerks probably won't charge enough for the Ram so jokes on them.
Surface has had a magnetic charging cable since launch in 2012. Hoping sarcasm!
 
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Endymio

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>> " Cybart said, two variables are needed to gauge this figure: the number of people that buy a new iPhone from Apple or a third-party retailer and the number of folks using iPhones obtained via the grey market. "

A third variable is equally important: the number of iPhones which have failed, broken, or are otherwise no longer being used.

Using this analyst's flawed methodology for all phone manufacturers, one reaches the conclusion that cell phones are now being used by more than 15 billion people on Earth.
 
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