Apple has made more money than ever over the holiday season, and its growth in 2021 has helped the company add an additional 150 million active devices. During a conference call with investors last night, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple now has 1.8 billion active devices.
That’s up from Apple’s 1.65 billion reported a year ago and 1.5 billion active devices in January 2020. While Cook didn’t delve into device details, Apple passed the one billion active iPhones milestone a year ago, having sold its billionth iPhone in 2016 and then reaching 900 million active iPhone users in 2019. Apple counts a device as active as long as it engaged with an Apple service in the past 90 days, so the 1.8 billion number covers a variety of Apple hardware.
Google revealed last year that there are now over 3 billion active Android devices that have access to the Google Play Store. The actual number of Android-based devices, including those using alternative stores, is likely well over 3 billion. Microsoft revealed earlier this week that there are now 1.4 billion active Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices. Microsoft also counts its Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S as Windows 10 devices.
Apple posted record quarterly profit for the company’s fiscal first quarter, posting revenue of $123.9 billion and record profit of $34.6 billion. The iPhone had a big quarter thanks to holiday sales and alone accounted for a staggering $71.63 billion in revenue.