Ever since its first unveiling, the iPhone has become a distinct brand, one of the most notable influences in the smartphone market to this day.
And now Apple can say it has passed a milestone of equal proportions: More than one billion devices sold. Apple made it official via a press release today, and cited comments made by the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, as he spoke at an employee meeting in Cupertino. Cook said that Apple had “recently” sold its 1 billionth iPhone, also noting how important the iPhone has become:
“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.”
The announcement that Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones comes just a day after the company’s third quarter earnings report, which noted the company had sold more than 40 million iPhones.[via Apple]