If iPhones and iPods could speak, what might they say to one another? According to some fascinating data noted by Benedict Evans, the iPhone might say something like: “Move over, iPod – there’s a new sheriff in town!” According to a tweet from Evans this morning, the iPhone is about to surpass the iPod in total cumulative number of units sold for all time.
This quarter the total cumulative number of iPhones sold will pass the number of iPods. Was 356m and 375m at the end of the March quarter
— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) July 16, 2013
That’s a HUGE milestone – and it’s even more significant when you consider that iPods of various sorts have been available since 2001, while the iPhone didn’t show it’s head (at least for sales) until June of 2007. That’s pretty damn impressive. The iPhone has accumulated more sales in just 6 years than the iPod has accumulated in twice as many years.
Specifically, total lifetime iPhone sales sat at 356 million units sat the end of March, while total lifetime iPod sales sat at 375 million units – meaning that the transition will probably happen within the next few weeks, well ahead of the expected launch of Apple’s next-gen iPhone.
Apple will be releasing their third quarter financial report on July 23rd, which should include the latest figures for both products – will that be enough time for the milestone to be reached? We’ll let you know once we see the earnings report!