“The smartphone market continues to grow,” Horace Dediu reports for Asymco.

“2013 saw total shipment of around one billion units (up from 683 million in 2012),” Dediu reports. “In contrast, non-smartphone shipments continue to decline, with shipments around 800 million (down from 987 million in 2012).”

“Since the launch of the iPhone the net profits earned by the collection of protagonists shown was $215 billion,” Dediu reports. “60% has been earned by Apple, a newcomer to the market. That figure is also consistent on an ongoing basis, having reached 60% as early as 2011 and remained in a band around that figure since.”

Asymco: global phone market share (units shipped)

Asymco: operating profit from mobile phones, global, select vendors

“The fact that this happened without corresponding dominance in units shipped shows evidence of something startling: Consistent value creation,” Dediu reports. “Apple’s lack of market monopoly coupled with a (near-) monopoly in profits can only be explained by disproportionate value creation.”

More info and many more excellent graphs in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Not all consumers are created equal. There are valuable customers, and then there is everybody else. Sticker prices are remarkably adroit at separating the wheat from the chaff. Apple collects the valuable consumers and leaves the leftover chaff for their “rivals.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers "Judge Bork" and "Bill" for the heads up.]

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