During Apple’s recent quarterly earnings call, the company CFO Peter Oppenheimer announced sales of a record-busting 18.64 million iPhones.
Little did Mr Oppenheimer realise that the Mac manufacturer would soon be garlanded for breaking records of a different kind with its seminal touchscreen smartphone.
In the 2011 Gamer’s Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, the iPhone 4 has been awarded the title of ‘fastest-selling gaming system’ after Apple sold an estimated 1.5 million units on launch day last June.
"The release of the iPhone has not just changed the mobile industry, but the video game world too," Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records's gaming editor, said.
“With the never-ending App Store selection and an intuitive device, Apple has created a gigantic new space for itself in the casual games genre that literally brings entertainment to users wherever they may be."
With over 6.5 billion downloads since opening for business in July 2008, that “never-ending App Store” has also earned official recognition as the ‘most popular application marketplace.’
Additional gaming records set by The Big A include ‘largest downloadable video game store’ (for the 37,362 games on sale as of September 2010) and ‘largest launch line-up of any gaming system’ (for the 145 games available on July 10th, 2010).
Three of the platform’s highest Qi rated games and franchises were decorated by the Guinness World Records team, too:
- Tap Tap Revenge (‘most popular iPhone game series’ for its 15 million+ downloads.)
- Angry Birds (‘top paid-for App Store game in most countries’ after topping 67 territories’ charts worldwide.)
- Plants vs Zombies (‘fastest-selling iPhone strategy game’ with 300,000 paid downloads in first nine days.)