John Paczkowski

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Apple Has Sold 222 Million iOS Devices So Far

Apple shipped the iPhone, its first iOS device, in June of 2007. By September of that year, it had sold one million, and the handset had established the upward sales trajectory that its successors and their iOS brethren — the iPod touch and the iPad — would follow going forward.

Reporting third-quarter results in July of 2010, Apple offered its first report on cumulative iOS device sales, noting that they’d surpassed 100 million.

A few months later, sales had risen 20 percent to 120 million. They hit 160 million in January 2011. And according to Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung, they’d reached 187 million by March. In June of this year they’d passed 200 million, giving Apple a nice, big, round number to trot out during its annual WWDC conference in June.

And now, just a month later, they’ve turned in another spectacular growth spurt, thanks to a very strong June quarter.

To date, Apple has shipped 222 million iOS devices, according to COO Tim Cook, who revealed the figure during Apple’s Tuesday earnings call.

It’s hard not to look at that number without thinking in superlatives. For a new platform — established by a company that’s been in the mobile space less than five years — that is absolutely tremendous growth. And it’s a testament not just to Apple’s dominance in the space, but the significant opportunities ahead of it. As Cook said Tuesday, “Sales of iPad 2 have absolutely been a frenzy … We sold every iPad 2 we could make this quarter. There is no shortage of demand.”

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