An Apple a Day (and then some)

by Jean Tower

The number of years it took in the United States for the car to achieve a 25% market share was 44 years and for the phone it was 35 years – for the Internet it was only 7 years! This was a tidbit from a Merrill Lynch report I read back in the nineties. I used it in presentations to demonstrate how pervasive the Internet was becoming.

But now we have Apple shattering records for sales that leave these stats in the dust. Apple announced a 94% increase in profits for this quarter against the same quarter last year. iPhone and iPad sales fueled sales. Apple sold more than 35 million iPhones and 12 million iPads in Q2!

Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said: “Just two years after we shipped the initial iPad, we sold 67 million. It took us 24 years to sell that many Macs, and five years for that many iPods, and over three years for that many iPhones.”

A couple of years ago I thought Google might take over the world economy – now I guess Apple will have a big piece of it.


image source: flickr (picture of Claes Oldenburg’s ‘Apple Core’ sculpture)

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