Probably for the first time in over a decade, the world’s most profitable corporation is faced with actual challenges regarding its main sales catalyst. Although Apple exhibited unusual flexibility lately, following trends instead of trying to set them, with larger iPhones, larger iPads and even a cheaper iPhone, the growth potential is simply no longer there.

But everything’s not as bleak on the horizon as some analysts seem to suggest, since we don’t know yet exactly what the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 might bring to the table. 2016 is also a year of celebration for Cupertino, the company turning 40 just last week, and a major milestone apparently nearing.

Ever wondered exactly how many iPhones were sold in total since 2007? We have your answer now. It’s a colossal 896 million units by the end of 2015, a number expected to surge to around 946 million when Q1 2016 box-office scores are added in.

Then you have an extra 44 million copies projected to go out to iFans between April and June, and so finally, the billionth iPhone in history could be delivered sometime in July. Specifically, on July 20, if current estimates hit the mark perfectly, which is likely to be influenced mainly by how SE supply and demand unfolds.

What’s crystal clear is Apple will achieve the monumental one-billion feat sooner or later this year, probably already relishing a great opportunity to rub the competition’s nose in it and make a big fuss.

Back in November 2014, it was announced a billion iOS devices in total were sold, including iPads and the iPod Touch, and just this past January, we heard a billion iProducts, Macs included, were in use worldwide. That’s an empire unlikely to crash after a couple of stagnating quarters, in case you had your doubts.

Source: CNN Money

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