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Amazing to think that the original iPod could have gone from pitch to shipping in under a year. Today, the next iPhone is almost certainly in the late stages of engineering validation in January – and while there are many differences between the iPod and the iPhone, the biggest is definitely scale.

Apple shipped 125,000 iPods in 2001. Today, they ship that many iPhones every six hours, or about 200 million per year. (https://www.statista.com/statistics/263401/global-apple-ipho...)

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