As this infographic points out, the iPhone is a phenomenon unto itself. It is also generating huge amounts of money:
Several of the fun facts from this image:
1) "In the third quarter of 2009, Apple sold 5.2 million iPhones." That's in a recession. It implies 21 million phones per year.
2) It costs $178.96 to make a 16GB iPhone. The most expensive part is the part you see - the screen + touch overlay, for $35. The next most expensive part is the 16GB module, at $24.
3) Apple makes $199 when it sells the phone, and then receives $351 from AT&T.
4) So if Apple sells 21 million phones a year, and if Apple makes $550 when it sells one, that's $11.55 billion per year.
One more fun fact - counterfeit iPhones are on the rise:
See also: How to Spot a Fake iPhone
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