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What would it look like if you combined the displays of every iPhone ever sold?

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If every iPhone ever bought was put side by side, it would have a surface area of 2.07 billion square inches. (That's 1,336,870 square meters.)

Ever wondered what it would look like if every iPhone ever made was placed side by side and then assembled in the middle of Manhattan? No? Well, someone figured it out anyways.

Josh Orter, founder of the math-happy blog Stupid Calculations, wondered what it would look like if the "displays were ripped out of every iPhone ever sold and combined into a single colossus." A few mind-melting calculations later, Orter found the answer:

[T]he Kubrick-inspired monophone would stretch 5,059 feet into the sky and have a base measuring 2,846 feet across (Central Park is 2,640 feet wide). Its surface area would take in 2.07 billion square inches. That’s 14.39 million square feet or 330.54 acres. The new World Trade Center, by comparison, will have a surface area of 23 glass-clad acres, giving us enough screenage to watch Game of Thrones on all four sides of fourteen WTCs.

To put his findings into perspective, he wanted to see what his giant "monophone" into the New York City skyline. He was able to do this by comparing it to Central Park and the General Motors building. The result is a towering display that strikes fear into any Android and Apple fan alike.

Josh Orter's "monophone" in Manhattan.

Comments

Total comments: 24
drummercam
By drummercam (Jul 11, 2013)

There's a lot of rare earth metals in that number of phones, all of which had to be mined somewhere, often under dangerous and exploitive conditions. Production of the phones has other problems. The industry creating such neat, clean gadgets in fact has, like most industries, a rather toxic footprint.

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vetsmelter
By vetsmelter (Jun 13, 2013)

It looks like an ideal screen to give iPhone 6 introduction presentation, for the president to anounce "there is no immediate danger for public health" or to view super bowl or word cup football in landscape mode.

Put next to that every iPhone since 2006 that would still be working today but has been abandoned for scrapping and you have a picture of waste of valuable earth iResources.

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NikonFotoMatt
By NikonFotoMatt (Jun 13, 2013)

Hmm...

http://blog.vanns.com/wp-content/uploads/apesaroundmonolith.png

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justinwonnacott
By justinwonnacott (Jun 11, 2013)

Probably a little smaller than one made with the larger screened samsung phones.

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DotCom Editor
By DotCom Editor (Jun 9, 2013)

It would look like I don't care.

4 upvotes
ET2
By ET2 (Jun 9, 2013)

You cared enough to click on the article, then even worse, left a stupid "I don't care" comment.

4 upvotes
krikman
By krikman (Jun 9, 2013)

Why not just to tell us how many produced and how many sold?

1 upvote
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Jun 9, 2013)

Apple is spanked by Samsung in sales so they have to find a way to tell the story differently.

2 upvotes
Mattwd
By Mattwd (Jun 9, 2013)

Apple had nothing to do with this whatsoever. Did either of you read the article or did you just see the headline and come down here to complain?

Go to the guy's website. He's doing some interesting Chris Jordan-type work. Unfortunately, half the nincompoops here have already written him off entirely because he used the most ubiquitous brand.

Isn't this website ostensibly art-centric? Would you people boycott Warhol if you hated Campbells? Embarrassing.

3 upvotes
Michael Edward Rudge
By Michael Edward Rudge (Jun 9, 2013)

Has any one worked out how many pixels?

1 upvote
SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (Jun 8, 2013)

Big Apple Shield

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seilerbird666
By seilerbird666 (Jun 8, 2013)

I notice the screen is blank so it must be an iPhony.

1 upvote
Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (Jun 8, 2013)

no just broke again

1 upvote
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jun 8, 2013)

That's not iPhone, that's a Samsung Galaxy Note XIV. Note user need to compensate for something.

3 upvotes
Doberman
By Doberman (Jun 8, 2013)

Retarded...

1 upvote
joe6pack
By joe6pack (Jun 7, 2013)

What's the point?

1 upvote
Apewithacamera
By Apewithacamera (Jun 7, 2013)

Space Odessey 2013

1 upvote
RoelHendrickx
By RoelHendrickx (Jun 7, 2013)

So much for Josh Orter's 15 minutes of fame.

2 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Jun 7, 2013)

Yawn... yet another iPhone-on-the-header article...

7 upvotes
Mattwd
By Mattwd (Jun 7, 2013)

Yawn...yet another contrarian geek complaining about the ubiquity of iPhones...

You guys were complaining about this when the iPhone was on top, and now you're complaining about it because Android is. Find a new hobby.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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nawknai
By nawknai (Jun 8, 2013)

He does have a hobby: being that annoying guy.

2 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Jun 7, 2013)

The Samsung version would be larger since they have larger displays and much higher worldwide sales numbers.

http://phandroid.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/gartner-q1-2013-smartphone-vendor-worldwide-sales-640x259.png

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jun 7, 2013)

That's extremely dumb. You're comparing one quarter of one year. Apple has only ever made the iPhone, so what Samsung line do you compare, the Galaxy S? All of their models? The guy picked the iPhone for this exercise with reason: easy to say iPhone and everyone knows what he's talking about.

3 upvotes
Anepo
By Anepo (Jun 10, 2013)

Hey joe they could make More models if they wanted to. It is not our fault they only make a single model, so we must compare the companys entire sales of phones no matter how many models they have, is it any different from comparing someone who sells 20 and someone that sells 40? You compare the business model, not how many models they make.

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