With No Fanfare, Apple Sells Its 500 Millionth iPhone

With No Fanfare, Apple Sells Its 500 Millionth iPhone

The lack of trumpets is almost deafening, as Apple – who usually celebrates milestones, such as the 50 billionth App Store download, or the 30th anniversary of the Mac – has most likely sold its 500 millionth iPhone.


Forbes notes that Apple would have sold the milestone device around March 8 given that entering the quarter Apple had sold 472 million iPhones.

Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a prediction that many analysts thought outlandish – 10 million iPhones sold in 2008.

Jobs looked like he would fall on his face as sales for the next quarter reached only 717,000 units. However, come 2008, the count for iPhones sold was 13.7 million iPhone sold. BOOYAH! Analysts! BOOYAH!

It did take close to 4 years before the iPhone reached 100 million sold, happening somewhere around February 2011. Around then sales really took off, reaching 200 million most likely in the middle of February 2012. The 300 million sale mile marker was passed before the end of calendar year 2012, with 400 million sales coming sometime in July 2013.

The launch of the “iPhone 6” is likely to occur in September, and iPhone number 600 million should fly off the shelf sometime around that time period, or shortly thereafter.

So when will the 1 billionth iPhone be sold? 2016? 2017? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.