[Here's a bonus TiPb of the Iceberg for you this week, courtesy of the humongous news coming out of Apple's Quarterly Conference Call]
Tuesday's news that the iPhone has been selling
well stupendously well, in case you weren't paying attention, was really big. It's tough to express how big. Some of the bullet points:
- They exceeded their sales goal of 10 million iPhones in 2008 already, with the holiday season still ahead of them
- They sold nearly 7 million iPhones in three months.
- They sold more iPhones than RIM sold BlackBerrys (yes, that's the proper plural spelling)
- Based on revenue from iPhones, Apple was the #3 cellphone maker last quarter, behind only Nokia and Samsung.
- They achieved all this in 15 months.
Now, there are caveats to these numbers: there was pent-up demand for the iPhone 3G so these numbers almost surely won't hold; RIM's sales were depressed because of delays releasing the BlackBerry Bold. Don't let these caveats mislead you, though, what Apple did with the iPhone 3G in the past three months is unprecedented in the mobile industry, it was pretty much unprecedented in any industry.