Apple’s other product

While all eyes and ears were on the iPad 3 yesterday I was more impressed with how Tim Cook is gradually winning over hearts – last month with Wall Street and yesterday with a broader audience.

In the last 6 months, I have heard so many times “let’s see how Apple does post-Jobs”. No disrespect to Jobs, but that is disrespecting to what Cook has built.

The numbers in this ZDNet blog are testimony to an amazing operational engine he has been building for almost 15 years. My book research on Apple took me behind many of these numbers into its supply chain, retail ops, App Store ecosystem, cloud infrastructure and so on.

25 billion: The number of iOS apps downloaded worldwide. The 25 billionth was said to have been downloaded in China. 315 million: The number of iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) sold in 2011 172 million: The number of “post-PC” devices that Apple sold in 2011, which turned out to be 76 percent of Apple’s revenue. 110 million: The number of visitors to Apple Stores globally during the fourth quarter of 2011 100 million: The number of iCloud users since the cloud-based service launched to Apple customers last fall 62 million: The number of iOS devices sold in during the fourth quarter 15.4 million: The number of iPads sold during Q4 2011 alone 585,000:The approximate number of apps in the App Store. More than 200,000 of these are custom apps for the iPad.

Honestly, version 1 of my book was heavily Apple centric. I had to rewrite it to reflect more of the industry’s tech elite. I am glad I did and the book  now showcases HP’s supply chain, Google’s green initiatives, Facebook’s hyperefficient data center and so much more.

No question, though. Tim Cook deserves all the kudos he will increasingly get going forward.

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