Apple’s rise from niche computer maker to a world-dominating company has been nothing short of meteoric.
The Cupertino, California-based company introduced the first-generation iPod on October 23, 2001, paving the way for Apple to move away from the PC space. More recently, iOS devices have changed the consumer technology industry; so much so that Apple sold more iOS devices in 2011 than all the Macs it sold in 28 years. That’s 156 million iOS units in 2011, and more than 316 million in total.
To date, 55 million iPads have been sold, with a record-breaking three million units sold in the first weekend of the new third-generation iPad. Compare that to the 22 years it’s taken Apple to sell 55 million Macs. In five years 22 million iPods have been bought, while three years was all it took to rack up that same number in iPhone sales.
All this has added up to a heap of money sitting in the bank. Just to paint a picture: Apple is worth more than Greece; Apple is worth more than all the tea in China; Apple could travel to the moon in a space shuttle 235 times.
This infographic demonstrates just how big Apple really is.
* US dollars