To put Apple’s growth in perspective let’s take a couple minutes to review this infographic on Apple’s sales for the iPhone and iPad in 2011.
Over the last few years Apple has seen a meteoric rise in market share. The company has literally lead the smartphone and tablet market since 2008. In 2011, Apple took home $128 billion, more than the gross domestic product of 160 nations. As a result of their success Apple has grown to become the largest company in terms of market cap on the US stock market. With a market cap of $508 billion at the time the infographic was created Apple’s nearest competitors in terms of market cap are Exxon at $397 billion, Microsoft at $285 billion, IBM at $232 billion, Chevron at $216 billion and Walmart at $205 billion.
Note: As of the time of writing Apple’s market cap has reached in excess of $600 billion.
The iPhone is Apple’s most successful product to date. Since it was first introduced in 2008 Apple has sold more than 200 million iPhones. To put that number in perspective, it is only 13 million short of the number of cars sold in the US since 2008. The iPhone alone is responsible for 40% of Apple’s revenue in 2011, and one of the most successful technology devices in terms of sales in the history of computing.
The iPad is also one of the most popular personal computing devices on the market. With the release of the newest iPad Apple sold 3 million devices in the first 72 hours it was available. That works out to be 694 iPads every minute or 11 iPads per second.