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Here is an interesting question, if you took the screen from every iPhone ever bought and put them together how big would it be?  The fine folks over at Stupid Calculations took it upon themselves to figure it out.  Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, Apple has sold 352,292,000 of its flagship smartphone.  We’ve included two images below along with the numbers for your viewing and jaw-dropping pleasure.

The eye-glazing calculations are laid out below for those who appreciate the dirty work but, skipping ahead, the 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.

As you know, the iPhone 5 sports a 4-inch screen, compared to its predecessor’s 3.5-inch display. This made calculations interesting, but the math whizzes at Stupid Calculations did a great job accounting for it:

Central Park’s almost exactly half a mile across, making the screen just a touch wider. So lay the base of a 16:9 rectangle at the south end of Central Park South and proportionally scale it 7.23% wider than the park’s borders. Then double-check by using the 705-foot height of the General Motors building at the southeast corner of the park: monophone needs to be 7.15 times taller. By happy coincidence, Apple’s 5th Avenue glass cube store is bunkered under the GM Building’s plaza.

No matter how you look at it, that’s a lot of glass.