In its earnings report yesterday afternoon, Apple revealed that it had sold 37.04 million iPhones in fiscal Q1 of 2012. This is more than any other manufacturer, and beyond any industry estimates.
Matthew Panzarino reports for The Next Web:
Following the announcement, there was an interesting statistic shared on Twitter by designer and author of Mobile First, Luke Wroblewski: “There are more iPhones sold per day (402k) than people born in the World per day (300k). ”
The 37.04M iPhone figure divided out over the period of 98 days in the quarter gives us a slightly lower number at 377.9K sold every day, but it’s still higher than the world’s average birth rate which clocks in at 371K per day.
If the above numbers are correct, that means Apple is now manufacturing iPhones at a rate that exceeds the amount of babies humans produce each day world-wide. Of course, the birth rate isn’t static, and the quarter used to compare includes the holiday sales season, so Apple’s numbers could drop behind the birth rate next quarter. Still, it’s a staggering statistic.
If you’re curious, I bought an iPhone last quarter. It was the right decision for me.