Apple’s iPhone business alone worth more than all but 10 companies on earth

“Assume Apple today is worth $391 billion (nearly 40% more than its current market cap), as the analysts at Trefis estimate it to be,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

MacDailyNews Take: The $98,000,000,000 assumption.

P.E.D. reports, “Assume as well, as they do, that the iPhone represents 53.5% of that value. Then it follows, according to them, that the iPhone, were Steve Jobs to spin it off as a separate company, would be worth $209 billion… Team Trefis could find only ten companies on the planet — three of them Chinese — that are more valuable than the iPhone.”

Full article, with the 10 companies in the world that would be more valuable than iPhone alone, here.

14 Comments

  1. There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I’d prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get.
    Steve Ballmer

  2. “We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”

    Ed Colligan, 16th November 2006.

  3. “$500! FULLY SUBSIDISED!?! I’D SAY THAT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PHONE EVER AND IT DOESN’T APPEAL TO BUSINESS CUSTOMER BECAUSE IT DOESN’T HAVE A KEYBOARD!”

    Steve Ballmer, 2007.

  4. @ Jamie RE: Ballmer’s statement…

    That statement sounds more and more ridiculous than ever as time goes by, lol! That old FUD he tried to create really makes him look stupid. Microsoft might have better chances letting Corky from “Life Goes On” be CEO… thanks for the iCal, Jamie.

    Ballmer… FUD no longer works… real good products work. Consumers have seen the light apparently and it is lit by an Apple logo.

  5. One of the most telling Ballmer quotes.

    “It’ll DO email, it’ll DO music….”

    People don’t want a device that just DOES it, they want it to do it well. That’s the part he doesn’t get.

  6. I read the article. Doesn’t explain why they added 40% to Aapl value before ‘spinning off iphone’.

    Hey, if My salary were 40% more I’d be worth more than all but 10 people on my block.

    Realize also that for Aapl to grow 40%, the whole global economy has to grow substantially. This is the price of being so large.

    This article seems pulled out of context of some larger experiment.

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