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10 years of the iPhone: WSJ takes stock of the device's trajectory, comparing it to other successful products

I imagine it is already well known that in exactly nine days, in June 29, 2017, it will be ten years since the day the iPhone The original arrived on the shelves and in the hands of its first users. And, whether you are anywhere on the spectrum between ?the iPhone has taken humanity to a new level of advancement? and ?the iPhone has transformed humanity into a bunch of self-centered zombies?, an undeniable thing: in ten years, that little black and silvery piece glass, metal and silicon changed the world in a way that few electronic devices can say they did in a much longer amount of time.

As a way of paying homage to the device and putting into perspective both its influence in the world and within Apple itself, the Wall Street Journal made a beautiful report (closed to subscribers) with a balance of ten years of life of the unmistakable device of Ma. The most interesting part of the story are two infographics that visually show the size of the crater caused in the world by this meteor called the iPhone.

Infographic of the Wall Street Journal on the ten years of the iPhone

This first graph brings up some of the most popular consumer goods in history, such as Magic Cube, O Toyota Corolla it's the Sony Walkman in addition to the iPhone itself, of course and shows its sales accumulation throughout its existence as a function of time; It is interesting to note not only that the Apple smartphone was the product with the highest number of units sold among all those considered, with 1.2 billion, but also that it was the one that reached (with ease) the fastest this milestone in terms of comparison, O PlayStation (considering all its versions) it took 20 years to reach 400 million units sold, while the doll Barbie it sold 1 billion units, but it took almost 60 years to do so, which is already formidable in itself.

Infographic of the Wall Street Journal on the ten years of the iPhone

On the other hand, the table above compares Apple's pre-iPhone, from 2006, with that of 2016. It is impressive to note how, in every possible way, Ma has grown alarmingly: its number of employees has almost doubled (from 18,000 to 116,000). ), quadrupled its physical operating space (from 63 to 272 hectares), jumped its profit from $ 2 billion to $ 45.69 billion and further expanded its Research and Development spending from $ 0.71 billion to $ 10 billion.

Obviously the iPhone is not the only one responsible for this phenomenal leap, but the smartphone is undeniably the engine behind all this, if Apple is what it is today, it should kneel down and thank the device (figuratively, of course). Which leads us to ask: what will the next ten years hold for us? Will the iPhone continue to reign alone on the summit of Macieira Mountain or some other product come to share space with it or even replace it? That, only time will tell.

via 9to5Mac