Apple Reveals Two Billion iMessages Are Sent Daily
In case you didn’t read our extensive breakdown of Apple’s quarterly report yesterday, the company had quite the fourth quarter as they sold 47.8 million iPhones, 15.43 million iPads and 12.7 million iPods. As important as that information was, there were still some interesting tidbits of news that came out of Apple’s earnings conference call yesterday afternoon.
Apple announced yesterday a staggering two billion iMessages are sent on a daily basis. If that number was just for iOS devices, that would be extremely impressive, but when you consider Apple rolled out support for iMessages to be sent and received from Mac OS X Mountain Lion early last year, we can then see how they achieved such a high volume of daily iMessages.
iMessages first debuted in iOS 5 back in October 2011 and was thought to have been introduced as a way for Apple to replace traditional SMS. As long as the person you were contacting had an iOS device that supported iMessages, your message would magically go from being an SMS message to an iMessage.
One year after its debut, reports focusing on the decline of U.S. text messages pointed blame at the popularity of Apple’s iMessages. Seeing how Apple now has achieved a daily volume of two billion iMessages being sent across both iOS and Mac OS X Mountain Lion, we have a feeling text messaging in the U.S. will continue to decline.
In addition to the two billion iMessages, Apple also revealed its iCloud service, which allows users to send and receive iMessages across multiple iOS devices, view photos taken from multiple iOS devices through Photo Stream, and can also be used to store data from a user’s iOS device in the cloud instead of on the user’s computer, jumped to 250 million users in December. Apple last reported it had achieved 190 million iCloud users in October 2012, which equals a jump in 60 million users within a two month period.