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Apple’s Profits in Perspective

This piece linked to here says:

  • From October 2011 through September 2012, the combined net profit of Microsoft, Google, eBay, Yahoo, Facebook and Amazon was $34.4 billion. Apple alone made $7 billion more.
  • In the same period, Dell, Asus, Intel, Acer, IBM, Lenovo and HP, i.e. virtually the entire PC industry, made $19.3 billion or less than half of Apple’s profit.


3 Responses to "Apple’s Profits in Perspective"

  1. Yeah, it's wild isn't it? Apple is a monster. And, good for them!

  2. It is not fair to compare an end customer manufacturer (B to C) to Intel (B to B). Intel, because of the fixed and well understood costs of semiconductor manufacturing are only able to command 50-70% gross margin on their products. B to B is much more fixed cost model. B to C, can demand 125-200% gross margins and if there is demand they can sell it.

    Now in comparison to other manufacturers, like Dell and HP, totally fair and because of the clear advantage they have not a surprise. The huge advantage they have over Sony is even more surprising. Of course Sony is losing so much money selling TV's, iWonder if Apple will ever do anything like that?

    1. Mike, they're not really being compared exactly, especially when Intel is added on to other direct comparisons.