iPhone Sales Statistics

How popular is the iPhone in the UK?

Matthew Boyle

by , Mortgages & Utilities Publisher

1 Feb 2018

While Apple doesn’t publish its sales figures for the UK, we’ve estimated the number of iPhones bought per year in the United Kingdom using readily available data on smartphone penetration rates. We’ve also looked into the iPhone’s market share, along with the amount of money spent. The full methodology and sources can be found further down the page.

How many iPhones have been sold each year?

iPhone sales have been steadily increasing over the last 5 years. In 2017, 7.6 million iPhones were sold, more than double that of 2011 (3.2 million iPhones sales). Throughout this 6 year time frame from 2011 to 2017, more than 38 million iPhones have been bought. That’s almost one iPhone for every 2 people.

Estimated number of iPhones purchased per year

Graph to show the number of iPhones sold, 7.3 million were sold in 2017 compared to 3.2 million in 2011

38.1 million

estimated iPhones bought in the UK 2011-2017.

How has Apple’s market share grown?

Apple’s market share was increasing year on year until 2017, where its growth stuttered slightly. In 2016 Apple held a 39.9% share of the smartphone market, but this fell to 39% in 2017. Apple’s market share had seen consistent growth from 2011-2016, but has still grown by 47.1% since 2011. Their share of the smartphone market was 26.5% in 2011 and stood at 39% in 2017.

Average iPhone market share each year

47.1% increase

in the iPhone’s market share since 2011.

Total spend on iPhones

iPhone sales have been increasing every year. Since 2011, £23.1 billion has been spent on iPhones in the UK, with 2017 representing £6.3 billion of that figure.

Estimated annual spend on iPhones since 2011

Graph showing the spend on iPhones over the last 5 years. Constantly rising year on year, from 1.5 billion in 2011 to 6.3 billion in 2017

£23.1 billion

spent on iPhones 2011-2017.

iPhone stats 2011-2017

Year Average iPhone market share UK smartphone penetration Approximate number of iPhones purchased Amount spent on iPhones
2011 26.50% 34.3% 3.2 million £1.6 billion
2012 28.00% 41.7% 3.8 million £2.0 billion
2013 29.10% 48.4% 4.5 million £2.3 billion
2014 32.66% 53.7% 5.3 million £3.1 billion
2015 37.00% 58.2% 6.4 million £3.7 billion
2016 39.88% 62.2% 7.3 million £4.1 billion
2017 38.99% 65.8% 7.6 million £6.3 billion
Source: finder.com/uk, Statista, Kantar, Gallup

Release dates and prices

See the release details of each handset, from the iPhone 4s onwards.

Model US release date UK release date UK price at release (GBP) US price at release (USD)
iPhone 4s 14/10/2011 14/10/2011 £499 $649
iPhone 5 21/09/2012 21/09/2012 £529 $649
iPhone 5c 20/09/2013 20/09/2013 £469 $549
iPhone 5s 20/09/2013 20/09/2013 £549 $649
iPhone 6 19/09/2014 19/09/2014 £539 $649
iPhone 6 Plus 19/09/2014 19/09/2014 £619 $749
iPhone 6s 25/09/2015 25/09/2015 £539 $649
iPhone 6s Plus 25/09/2015 25/09/2015 £619 $749
iPhone SE 31/03/2016 31/03/2016 £359 $399
iPhone 7 16/09/2016 16/09/2016 £599 $649
iPhone 7 Plus 16/09/2016 16/09/2016 £719 $769
iPhone 8 22/09/2017 22/09/2017 £699 $699
iPhone 8 Plus 22/09/2017 22/09/2017 £799 $799
iPhone X 03/11/2017 03/11/2017 £999 $999
Source: iPhone 4s: US UK | iPhone 5: US UK | iPhone 5c: US UK | iPhone 5s: US UK | iPhone 6: US UK | iPhone 6 Plus: US UK | iPhone 6s: US UK | iPhone 6s Plus: US UK | iPhone SE: US UK | iPhone 7: US UK | iPhone 7 Plus: US UK | iPhone 8: US UK | iPhone 8 Plus: US UK | iPhone X: US UK


We estimated the number of iPhones purchased per year by adding the number of new iPhone users to the number of existing iPhone users who would want an upgrade. This was estimated by:

Number of new iPhone users:

  1. The number of new smartphone users each year was found by multiplying the UK smartphone penetration (from Statista) with that year’s UK population, as reported by the ONS, and subtracting from this the product of the smartphone penetration and the UK population of the previous year.
  2. This was then multiplied by the average market share of the iPhone that year, according to Kantar. (n.b. Kantar’s data was updated monthly, which meant that we added each data set together to find this average).

Number of existing iPhone users upgrading that year:

  1. The percentage of people upgrading to new iPhones every year was calculated from the results of a US Gallup poll.
  2. Responders had the option to select: a) when a new model is released, usually about every year, b) as soon as your cellphone provider allows it, usually every two years, c) only when it stops working or becomes totally obsolete.
  3. For option c), we approximated the average time for an iPhone to stop working as 3 years, as although iPhones can last longer, human error often causes them to break long before they die of natural causes.
  4. The percentage of people who responded a certain way was multiplied by one divided by the number of years (e.g. 51% of respondents selected 2 years = 0.51 x 1/2).
  5. This was completed for all three responses, and all were added together to determine the average number of years iPhone users take to upgrade.
  6. The number of iPhone users in a year, minus the number of new iPhone users gives the number of pre-existing iPhone users. This was then divided by the average number of years iPhone users take to upgrade gives the number of iPhone users upgrading that year.

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