Apple's sold 100,000,000 iOS devices and counting

According to Apple's Q3 2010 conference call today, they've officially passed the monstrous 100,000,000 iOS devices sold milestone. At the iOS 4 sneak preview event on April 8, Steve Jobs revealed Apple had sold 50 million iPhones and 35 million iPod touches. On April 20, Apple announced 8.7 million iPhones sold in Q2. So, if we include those in the 50 million number, add the 8.4 million sold in Q3, that's 58.4 million iPhones alongside 3.3 million iPads, leaving room for 38.3 million or so iPod touches.

To put the iPad numbers in perspective, Apple sold 3.3 million of them in their debut quarter, and they sold 3.5 million Macs during the same period -- their best Mac quarter ever.

And while not all of these devices are still actively being used, theoretically each and every one of them can run most of the 225,000 iPhone apps on the iTunes App Store (iPad runs them boxed or pixel doubled), making a ginormous target for developers.

Those numbers will no doubt increase next year, perhaps adding an iOS Apple TV, an iOS layer on Mac to replace Front Row and Dashboard, and only Steve Jobs knows (and teases) what else.

Any wonder WWDC 2010 focused so much on iOS?

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Glad second graders can post "first" to the message board. [eye roll]
Congrats, Apple. That's a whole lot of devices!

to be honest, I can fully see iOS being added to the desktop systems, but not exactly as a touch based interface. On the Mac, it would be a replacement for the Simple Finder (and/or replacement for the parental controlled interface of MacOSX), but with the ability to run Mac software. So Photoshop could appear in iOS, because after all, not everyone needs full access to the file system, they just want their apps. I know that as a MacOSX user, I could do without seeing the Library, System, Users and other folders.
iOS, in a sense, is the rebirth of the old "At Ease" interface.

John C. Bland II
10 hrs, 9 mins ago
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