As everyone expected, Apple has continued its run of insane iPhone sales numbers. Apple sold 61.1 million iPhones in in the quarter, bringing in $40.3 billion in revenue, making this the second biggest quarter for iPhone sales — and overall revenue — in its history. It's a notable increase from the 43.7 million iPhones it sold in the same quarter last year, and beat analysts' estimates which hovered around 56 million iPhones sold, according to Fortune. Apple's previous quarter was its largest ever for iPhone sales, selling a record 74.5 million units and posting $51.2 billion in revenue.
People have continued to purchase the iPhone in droves
"We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. This time last year investors were complaining about slowing iPhone sales, but with Apple selling over 135 million iPhones in the last six months, those complaints are all but nonexistent these days. People have continued to purchase the iPhone in droves, but as usual, Apple didn't break down sales numbers for each iPhone. The tremendous and continued growth of the iPhone exemplifies how difficult it will be for Apple — or any company — to replicate its success. Despite selling over 250 million iPads to date, Apple's tablet doesn't even come remotely close to the over 700 million iPhones that have been sold since 2007.
It'll be interesting to see how the iPhone does in the upcoming quarter, where it routinely has seen a dip in sales as customers begin to hold out for the next iPhone release, presumably in the fall. But with Apple posting its two biggest iPhone quarters to date, and the rapid rise of China — where the iPhone has grown over 70 percent from this time last year — that dip may be smaller than we've seen in previous years.