“In no uncertain terms, Apple has been instrumental in launching the mobile revolution,” Evan Niu writes for The Motley Fool.
“This was all made possible by the creation of iOS, which powers Apple’s mobile devices,” Niu writes. “While the iPod Touch also runs iOS, Apple has never explicitly broken out iPod product mix and disclosed unit volumes for the iPod Touch. The Mac maker used to often say that over half of all iPod units sold each quarter were iPod Touches, which is strategically significant as a sort of gateway product into the iOS ecosystem. But lacking concrete data around iPod Touch units, we’ll focus on the iPhone and iPad.”
Niu writes, “As of the most recent quarter, Apple has sold over 1.1 billion iOS devices to date (not including the iPod Touch).”
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MacDailyNews Take: And not counting Apple TVs, either. The 1st generation Apple TV (launched on January 9, 2007) ran Apple TV Software 1.0 (a modified build of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger), so it doesn’t count. The 2nd gen. Apple TV launched on September 1, 2010 and ran an iOS-based operating system, as have all other Apple TVs since. So, with 25 million total Apple TV units sold as of March 8, 2015, and with a new model now out, we figure conservatively that roughly 23 million iOS-based Apple TV units have been sold to date.
Okay, let’s hear your estimates for how many iPod touch units Apple has sold since the 1st generation model launched on September 5, 2007.