iPhone To Hit 1 Billion Units Sold As iPhone 7 Rumors Heat Up

It is an accomplishment few in business ever see - 1 billion units sold. It is such a big deal, McDonald's used to have a message under the golden arch that said, "Billions and Billions Sold." Pretty soon, Apple will be able to say something similar about the iPhone.

According to the Financial Times, Apple's iPhone product line is about to see its 1 billionth iPhone sold. This comes as the iPhone 7 is rumored to be hitting the market earlier than anticipated this year.

iPhone To Hit 1 Billion Units Sold As iPhone 7 Rumors Heat Up
Apple is approaching the 1 billionth iPhone sold as it prepares to launch the iPhone 7 later this year. [Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]

While this accomplishment comes prior to the iPhone 7 release, one has to wonder how Apple got here. Financial Times explains as follows.

"The milestone is likely to come, according to Wall Street analysts, as Apple reports its third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, when a three-month total of 40m iPhones is expected to have been sold. That would take its overall tally of iPhone sales by the end of June to 987m.

"With analysts expecting at least another 40m units to be sold in the present quarter, or 13m a month in aggregate, the billionth iPhone could be sold as soon as this week, if it has not happened already."

This news comes amid rumors of a September launch date for the iPhone 7, as the Inquisitr reported Sunday morning (July 24). But with the expected launch of the iPhone 7 and the possibility of not just the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, but also a potential iPhone 7 Pro, Forbes is reporting that the original vision Steve Jobs had for the iPhone has gone by the wayside under the leadership of Tim Cook.

Forbes notes that while Steve Jobs envisioned a single design for the iPhone, Cook has brought many other models to the forefront in varied sizes. The latest example is the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which were brought to market to compete with larger Samsung models which have been growing larger and larger with each new product launch. Now as we look toward the iPhone 7 launch later this year, it is possible to have not only two new iPhone 7 products, but likely a third.

"Tim Cook will introduce three distinct product lines in September. While they will all carry the '7′ branding, it is a mistake to see them as the same device with a few tweaks. Apple has moved on from the monolithic approach to something more detailed, more refined, and something better suited to the smartphone ecosystem as it stands today.

"This is how Tim Cook has changed, and is changing, Apple. Quietly, over time, and with purpose."

With the new iPhone 7 set to hit the market later this year, some tech enthusiasts may be waiting to invest in a new phone or the accessories that will make the iPhone 7 dazzle and wow. Tech Insider has a list of the nine iPhone 7 accessories you will need and can purchase now, even before the expected September launch date.

iPhone To Hit 1 Billion Units Sold As iPhone 7 Rumors Heat Up
[Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]

Apple has undergone a big transformation since CEO Tim Cook took over for the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Cook has been a big proponent of multiple iPhone offerings, which could increase to three different models under the iPhone 7 later this year.

Perhaps the item many people will be most excited about is Anker's Ultra Slim Battery Case. The battery case is made for the iPhone 6/6S, so it is unknown how well it will work with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. But this doesn't mean it is not worth a look.

"As the name suggests, it's also fairly thin for these things. Its 2,850mAh battery is enough for a full recharge, so it's good value for $45," Tech Insider reports.

Other items include a handle for your iPhone to improve video quality (it reduces the shaking from an unsteady hand) and a longer lightning cable so you do not have to spend time at the outlet for hours while your iPhone 7 recharges.

With the expected launch of the new iPhone 7, will you help Apple approach the 2 billionth sold or wait until an expected iPhone 8 is launched next year?

[Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]