Each quarter, estimates give us an idea of how many iPhones Apple shipped during the three-month period. But generally, we don't care too much about how many people in the world use an iPhone.
Yet with Apple's focus on services today, this is an indicator to watch closely. The last time Apple revealed how many iPhone users there are was in January 2019.
At the time, there were a total of 900 million iPhone users. And today, that number may have reached one billion. This is what analyst Neil Cybart said in a blog post relayed by the 9to5Mac site.
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According to my estimate, Apple passed the billion iPhone users milestone last month. Odds are now increasing that Apple has not experienced peak iPhone sales.
– Above Avalon (@AboveAvalon) October 26, 2020
“One billion people now have iPhones. In my estimation, Apple passed the one billion iPhone user mark last month. Thirteen years after it went on sale, the iPhone remains the most popular and best-selling long-term smartphone. Competitors continue to either shamelessly copy the iPhone or, at a minimum, be heavily influenced by the iPhone ", can we read in this post.
Otherwise, currently the number of iPhone users (not to be confused with the number of iPhones sold) would increase by 20 to 30 million people per year.
Record sales in 2021?
Neil Cybart also contradicts the view that Apple had already peaked iPhone sales in 2015. That year, the Cupertino company sold a total of 231 million iPhones. And since 2018, Apple only publishes the number of iPhones sold each quarter.
This volume has not yet been reached. And sometimes the sales have even been quite disappointing. Still, Cybart estimates that in 2021, Apple will surpass its 2015 record, selling a total of 240 million units. "My estimate does not assume a mega upgrade cycle initiated by 5G iPhones", also says the analyst.
As a reminder, this October, Apple finally made official the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. These are the first 5G smartphones from the Cupertino company.
While manufacturers of Android devices began offering 5G in 2019, Apple fans have had to wait a little longer because of a dispute between the Cupertino company and Qualcomm. Eventually, this conflict was resolved, allowing Apple to source 5G modems from this vendor.