Yesterday, Apple revealed a fresh milestone attained by company milestone during its first-quarter earnings results: the total number of active Apple devices has risen beyond 1 billion. Of course we know Apple has shipped devices whose number run into billion in the past; just in November 2014, the company sold its billionth iOS device. But the interpretation of this statistics is that the active number suggests at least 1 billion devices — this would the Apple Watch , iPad, the Mac and iPhone — are in constant use, checking in with iCloud as well as interacting with the App Store.
“The growth of our services business accelerated during the quarter to produce record results, and our installed base recently crossed a major milestone of one billion active devices,” wrote CEO Tim Cook in a statement. The company’s “other products” category, which encompasses the newly revamped Apple Watch and Apple TV , prompted the most impressive growth this past quarter with a jump in sales put at 62 percent bringing it to $4.3 billion.
APPLE’S “OTHER DEVICES” CATEGORY GREW 62 PERCENT YEAR OVER YEAR
The iPhone maintains its place as the center of Apple’s business. The company procured the sales of 74.78 million iPhones in Q1 2016, by far the biggest contributor to its $18.4 billion in profit on sales of $75.9 billion. That distinctively tags it as the most profitable quarter of any single public corporation since time immemorial.
Yet in all this, Apple’s second-quarter forecast signal a loss in growth pace in Phone sales (we have not seen this before now), and the company’s predictions also include its first year-over-year revenue drop counting back 13 years. All the more factor behind Apple finding new iOS products to sell consumers so as to maintain its active install base over 1 billion.