The time versus volume chart pits the iPhone against four other world-famous products – Nintendo’s Gameboy, the Barbie Doll, Rubik Cube and Zippo lighter.
In terms of output, only the Barbie doll comes close to rival the numbers units churned out by Apple – 1bn for the former vs 1.2bn for the latter.
The only catch, it took Mattel almost 60 years to get to that number. The iPhone hit its landmark in less than nine years.
As the Journal said in its opening paragraph: “Since Apple launched the iPhone in June 2007, the smartphone revolution it unleashed has changed the way people work and socialize and reshaped industries from music to hotels.
“It also has transformed the company in ways that co-founder Steve Jobs could hardly have foreseen.”