iPhone Alone Made More Than Microsoft

    February 6, 2012
    Shaylin Clark
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Apple made a lot of news a couple weeks ago with its most recent quarterly earnings report. In another record-setting quarter, Apple generated $46.33 billion in revenue. So immense were Apple’s earnings, in fact, that a website popped up to help people get a little perspective on just how much $46.33 billion is.

Some more information has emerged in the last few days that helps put Apple’s earnings in a slightly different perspective. The release of Microsoft’s quarterly report just a few days ahead of Apple’s allowed for some comparisons to be made, and the results are surprising. Whereas Apple generated $46.33 billion in revenue, Microsoft generated less than half of that – $20.9 billion. What’s remarkable, though, is that not only did Apple generated more revenue than Microsoft, the iPhone generated more revenue than Microsoft. That is, if the iPhone were a standalone business, completely separate from Apple, it would have made more money last quarter than Microsoft. The iPhone alone generated a revenue of $24.4 billion. That’s $3.5 billion more than Microsoft, and $2.47 billion more than the rest of Apple’s revenue.

The chart below, courtesy of Business Insider, gives a little bit of visual perspective:

iPhone vs. Microsoft

Of course, that doesn’t quite make Apple king of the hill. Microsoft still has Apple beaten in terms of computer market share, just as Android maintains a solid lead in the mobile space. Nevertheless, it’s amazing to see that within 5 years of completely reinventing the smartphone market, it has parlayed that success into complete financial dominance of its biggest rival. Whether you’re an Apple fanboy or an Apple hater, you have to admit that that’s pretty impressive.

  • SA

    Microsoft? Are they still in business?

  • http://hautebodycouture.com/ Sara

    The iphone is amazing, Microsoft is going to have a hard time catching apple.

  • TA

    Don’t you think the headline and post is a bit misleading? “Made Money” implies Profit. Revenue is not the same thing, not even close. Moreover, for such a comparison one would need to consider that Apple is entirely a consumer company which means their quarters are heavily tied to comsumer shopping and the holidays. Comparing thier best quarter of the year (nearly double their other three) to Microsoft whose model is both enterprise and consumer and therefore more steady throughout the year, doesn’t make for the clean comparison in the article. It was an amazing quarter for Apple for sure, but the facts to support the assertions in the article are missing.