Apple sells more iPhones in 4 yrs vs. Macs in 28 yrs

Chart shows the rocket-ship-like ride for iPhone distribution

Technology trends and news by Kristin Karaoglu
February 17, 2012
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In Apple's most recent quarter, 37 million iPhones were shipped. That was 24% of the handset market, according to Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. To put that into perspective, the handset market is as big as two billion units, making 37 million seem rather small, compared to the opportunity, according to Cook.

With the rate iPhones are exploding, it might not be long before reaching one billion looks feasible. 

Here's something put together by Asymco, which shows just how quickly it took for Apple's iPhone to break through the 50 million mark. It took three years for that many iPhones to be sold vs 21 years for the Mac. It took another year - four years - for the iPhone to essentially outsell all the Macs Apple ever sold.

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