By Jaime Rivera | October 19, 2010 3:05 AM
We did expect Apple’s quarter results to be good, but we honestly never expected them to be “That Good”. According to Steve Jobs quarter results update, Apple sold 14.1 Million iPhones in just this past quarter alone, which is an all time high for the company. If compared to last years Q3 results, Apple pretty much doubled the numbers in just the iPhone alone. But, if that sales record wasn’t enough, what really makes these numbers become newsworthy is his statement confirming that they also surpassed RIM’s 12.1 Million BlackBerries sold within the same quarter. Steve even goes as far as to say he doesn’t see RIM picking the numbers up any time soon at their “Torched” pace.. And yeah, we added the “Torched” part.
We know what your next question is… What about Android?
For specifics, I’d recommend you first hit Brandon’s recent data and then return to the following: Sadly no numbers were given since Android is used by lots of OEM’s which only report their total phone sales and no specific details on their Android performance. All Jobs clarifies is that if Google has been mentioning that they activate 200,000 units a day, and they’ve been activating 300,000 in their peaks, then they’re wining. If we do simple 4th grade math and divide 14.1 Million units by 90 days, those 156,666 daily units would call Job’s a liar, but I’ll cut him some slack since he mentions “peaks” and also because Google hasn’t proved him wrong just yet. If Google was beating anybody, I’m sure they’d be screaming about it over the press, and they haven’t.
Anyways, back to iPhone results, in overall performance, this would again have the iPhone toping Apple’s own iPod sales for this quarter again, which was the same case with the iPad’s 4.19 Million units overcoming Mac sales, even if they both made new sales records again. Job’s confirms the new iOS device market now sums to a staggering 125 Million units, only three months before people begin going crazy over the holiday season.
During the call, Jobs was clear in not considering Nokia a competitor since their numbers have a lot to do with $50 feature phones. The interesting part is when he confirmed he’s considering Android to be their true competition, since RIM is apparently soon to become a thing of the past.
I’m not really sure what to make of that, but it does amaze me to see Apple beating the all time king’s gazilion BlackBerries with just one iPhone and one carrier here and almost everywhere else in the world. I do see Android with enough potential and appeal to catch up and beat Apple’s numbers. You could say it’s a mathematical certainty that a ton of devices in a ton of carriers should be able to do so, but RIM’s current results are proving that logical equation to be wrong. And for those who’ll next ask about my opinion on how Windows Phone 7 will compete, I’d say the lines to pick devices up on November 8th will be our clearest way to know. Everyone could scream all they want about how they feel WP7 will rock, but that specific day will be the true indicator of how it’ll roll against the rest.