Apple sold 37 million iPhones in 3 months

Apple, which launched its iPhone 4S just in time for Christmas, sold 37 million iPhones in the last three months of 2011, possibly catapulting the company to becoming the largest maker of smartphones and overtaking Samsung Electronics, according to an Associated Press report.

The number of iPhones sold in the company’s fiscal first quarter was double what Apple sold during the same holiday period in 2010, the company said. It also shipped 15.4 million iPads.

Apple’s earnings results far exceeded what Wall Street analysts expected, with a profit of $13.06 billion, or $13.87 per share, up 118 percent. Revenue was up 73 percent to $46.33 billion. They were the first quarterly results without co-founder Steve Jobs, who died last year.

Apple is also benefiting from a defection of some of its competitors’ customers.

In a study released by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners and reported by CNET, a third of iPhone 4S buyers said they previously had Android, BlackBerry or Palm devices.

Half of the 36 percent of iPhone converts said they left the BlackBerry behind, 39 percent put the Android down and 10 percent the Palm.

Even those surveyed who had iPhones remain loyal to the brand: 43  percent upgraded from an older model, and 42 percent of all iPhone users broke an existing contract to upgrade, CIRP found.

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January 24th, 2012
1:55 pm

Thanks for regurgitating the one-sided story. I’m so happy I got rid of my iPhone. It was pretty, but I couldn’t talk on it without dropping the call. I’m thrilled to death with my Samsung Galaxy II Skyrocket. Fast data with LTE, an interface that isn’t locked down like a North Korean prison, AND I can talk to people (unless they’re on an iPhone – my friend dropped her call three times last night).


January 24th, 2012
2:38 pm

Jason..on the other side of the coin, I’ve upgraded from a 3G to a 4, and now to a 4S. I use my phone several hours a day and rarely have a dropped call. The phone is jailbroken, so I’m able to do pretty much anything I can imagine, and the 3G seems to satisfy my needs (slingplayer works great). While your experience appears to have been different, there’s a reason that Apple keeps selling them. I wouldn’t use any other phone. I’m addicted to it. Btw, my dad has an android and I was underwhelmed with the build quality of the phone.

IPhone Rules

January 24th, 2012
3:35 pm

Iphone–best device I’ve ever owned—much better than the droid type junk.

Timothy Tripp

January 24th, 2012
3:45 pm

I’m not an Android hater, but iOS is just a better experience for most people. They really need LTE support, but other than that the 4S is just about a perfect device. It’s amazingly responsive – much more so than the Galaxy IIs or any other Android phone, and while that can fairly be attributed to the OS, as an end-user, who cares? I haven’t had a chance to try one of the new quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 phones on Android 4.0, but I think that might finally be enough hardware to make Android feel as responsive as iOS (Galaxy III might be comparable). But Android is and has always been a “wait until you have what’s coming next…” platform instead of a “love the experience today” platform, at least for me. And there’s a false impression that Android lets you do anything while iOS doesn’t let you do anything. I develop for both (although I carry a 4S) and for normal users that don’t install custom ROMs on their Android devices, they are often more locked down than the iPhones are. There’s too much variation in devices, too much garbage on the Android Market, very slow update availability on phones (often 3-6 months because hardware manufacturers are customizing the ROMs too much!) and a huge difference in UI app to app. There are some really cool things on Android, don’t get me wrong (the Google Maps experience is better hands down) but side by side, for most users, there’s still no contest. The reason most people have Android devices right now is that they got them from Verizon when the iPhone wasn’t available and they’re not able to cancel their contracts to switch to the phone they really wanted. If Verizon ever offers contracted users the ability to switch to iPhone 5 with no ETF and a $199 charge for an additional 2 year commitment, we’ll see Android users migrating en mass.


January 24th, 2012
5:53 pm

love my iPhone :)


January 24th, 2012
6:08 pm

U suckers that overpay for these phones are insane. No wonder people are so in debt. But I know, it’s so cool to have an iphone. It’s like being in high school all over again right.


January 24th, 2012
6:10 pm

Iphone I had last year had a awful battery and dropped calls every day. So I switched back to my trustworthy bb bold and no problems at all. Checking and sending email is so much easier with it there’s no comparison. If you want a toy phone, the iphone is great.


January 24th, 2012
6:47 pm

IPhones are MUCH safer than android. There is absolutely no oversight on android apps and users frequently download malware used to steal your personal data. IPhone is a Thousand times safer.


January 24th, 2012
7:42 pm

Hell yea, you hit the nail on the head. I’m so young again.
Just like high school.

If you drop calls, I bet you had AT&T. I had an iPhone on AT&T and hated it. Now I have one with Verizon and love it. Never do I have a dropped call.

Later haters


January 24th, 2012
8:27 pm

I traded out my iPhone for a new Android phone about 2 weeks ago, and sorry, Apple, but I won’t be back. When I first got my iPhone, the first thing that annoyed the crap out of me was the inability to switch out my own battery. I like to keep a spare around, being that I am a heavy smartphone user and can’t always find a place or the time to charge it. Second, I could not use micro SD cards to increase my storage. What you buy the phone with is what you get for storage, and if you fill it, you have to delete stuff in order to create more. The GPS on the iPhone is absolutely terrible, and when traveling, I would try to pull it up, the dot would be three streets over, and the phone would tell me to wave it in the air like Harry Potter or something to force it to calibrate. For gaming, Android is far superior, being that Android Market does not ban console emulators.

iPhones are smartphones for people who expect their phone to be smarter than them.


January 24th, 2012
8:48 pm

Great points Dave. I have an Evo, and I am hesitant to switch because of the reasons you pointed out. I live by my GPS and yes, I’ve heard from many iPhone users that it sucks. Also a lot of complaints of dropped calls. No doubt, it’s a beautiful phone, but I’ll stick with my android.

Patrick Romano

January 24th, 2012
8:49 pm

IPhone sucks, I am happy with Evo 4G, Android. Choppy, how the he’ll is IPhone, 1k safer. Please, I have never had my info compromised. It sounds like another Iphone user justifying high costs. My wife has IPhone and she has experienced many dropped calls, antenna, coverage problems, 2. I have an IPad that I won on a local radio station.$800, would not have paid $200…

Dirty South TV

January 24th, 2012
9:31 pm

Our HTC EVO’s will wipe the floor with ANY iPhone–INCLUDING the models not made yet.

Whoever preaches about how great their little teeny weenie iPhone is has obviously never owned an EVO.

Since the original invention of the telephone, the HTC EVO is the best thing since.


Keep your iPhones, and keep dropping your calls, keep using duct tape as a hope it will fix your dropped calls fix and keep over paying for a phone.

Dirty South TV

Milton Man

January 24th, 2012
9:34 pm

Former Android owners are discovering what corporate IT directors have known for a long time…Android phones operate on open source code which makes security a real issue particularly when using email and communicating sensitive information like credit card numbers…

Love my android

January 24th, 2012
10:12 pm

I just got a Samsung Galaxy S II from T-mobile and I LOVE IT!!! Very easy to use…has a lot of great features, fast download speeds, no dropped calls. My wife has a Iphone and wasnt really impressed even when I had my BB Bold. DROID ROCKS!!!

no smartphone

January 25th, 2012
1:13 am

I don’t own a smartphone – probably will some day. the iPhone user interface is great – but Apple does charge a premium for it. Not sure it is worth it.

But, you are living in a dream world if you think your data is safe on your phone. The most insecure way of sending data is in an email – laptop, iPad (I still think that name is funny), smartphone. Don’t fool yourself.

Personally, I can’t wait for a Windows phone…

Apple Rules!!!

January 25th, 2012
4:49 am

The Iphone–best phone ever—the droid junk is not even close. Go with the Iphone!!

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January 25th, 2012
6:36 am

We’re just talking phones here. App phones, but phones none the less. That said, I have both, one work and one personal. My personal is the Samsung Epic Touch and if I had to choose one there is no question I would take it. The phones are quite similar in ability but I just like how the android interfaces. And I don’t see how you people can deal with the tiny screen on the iPhone. They’re both fine phones but owning both, I’ll take the Samsung.

iPhone is hands down better at one thing: having the masses believe that the best way to originality is to be like everyone else. It’s sort of the reverse of Apple’s famous 1984 ad. Now all the proles in the scene carry an iPhone.


January 25th, 2012
6:45 am

Actually, AT&T and Verizon sold 37 million iPhones. People seem to hate the phone companies but they are the ones driving the communication industries success of the past decade.

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January 25th, 2012
8:30 pm

rimm trades at 1/3 x revenue. just look at apple. it’s iphone segment has a market cap of at least 150 billion. they sold a little over twice as many phones last qtr as rimm did yet rimm’s handsets have a market value of just 7 billion. that is insane. apples phones trade for over 20 x rimm yet they sell a little over twice as many last qtr. then there’s the margin thing. rimm’s margin decline is from one time charges from layoffs, playbook write down and from the outage. the next qtr without any writedowns will show 40% gross margins (appl’s are 44%) and eps well over 1.00. and the stock has a 3.5 pe. what a joke. netflix has a 25 pe makes about 2$ per year and trades at 2 x revenue. aapl trades at 4.5 x revenue. rimm 1/3…easy 300% gainer for rimm at it’s current 16$ price


January 27th, 2012
3:47 pm

the iphone 4s is the first iphone i have ever owned. i switched from blackberry. the good thing about blackberry was never having a dropped call- never (using verizon). but… it would freeze about once a day, i had to take out the battery to restart it, and it would take about 20 to 25 minutes to restart!

on the other hand, the iphone is smooth, sleek, great quality in screen resolution, and the best part yet is that i have not had a dropped call yet (i’m still using verizon). i admit, i do not spend a lot of talk-time on my phone. but i send at least 400 texts a day, get a ton of work/private emails, and of course browse the net, chat, listen to the radio, play apps, check facebook, and of course, ask siri a lot of questions. my phone has never frozen, lagged, or studdered.

i will never go back to blackberry. ever.