Apple Ships 1 Billion iOS Devices

"One billion devices is an almost unfathomable milestone," Apple CEO Tim Cook says.

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Apple has now shipped more than 1 billion iOS devices, the technology giant has announced as part of its record-breaking earnings report for the holiday 2014 sales quarter.

Speaking with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company achieved the milestone--which covers total iPhone and iPad shipments--on November 22. The billionth iOS device shipped was a space-gray 64 GB iPhone 6 Plus, which Apple is keeping at its headquarters.

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"One billion devices is an almost unfathomable milestone and we are all incredibly proud to be a part of it," Cook said during an earnings call, as reported by GameSpot sister site CNET.

Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones during the three-month holiday period, a new record for the company, which overall posted $18 billion in profit for the quarter, another all-time high. Cook also revealed that, on average, Apple sold more than 34,000 iPhones "every hour, 24 hours a day, every day of the quarter."

The latest versions of the iPhone, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, launched in September 2014. Cook said that the smaller iPhone 6 was the most popular model during the quarter.

Asked by an analyst if he thinks Apple can sustain the iPhone's incredible growth in future quarters, Cook said he is "very bullish" on the device's outlook. The executive went on to say that the iPhone 6 brought on more new Apple customers than any prior iPhone launch, and even led to the most instances of Android users jumping over to iPhone compared to the last three launches.

By comparison, Sony's PlayStation 2 is the best-selling home video game console of all time with more than 150 million units shipped to date.

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