Apple’s iPhone business alone generates more revenue than all Microsoft

“Apple’s fiscal 2012 first quarter earnings report was a jaw dropper,” Joe Wilcox reports for BetaNews. “iPhone generated $24.42 billion revenue. During the same quarter, all of Microsoft: $20.89 billion.”

“More broadly, Apple revenue ($46.33 billion) was more than twice Microsoft’s, and net income nearly was ($13.06 billion versus $6.62 billion, respectively),” Wilcox reports. “But it’s that iPhone figure that really stands out. One product’s revenues against an entire company’s.”

Wilcox reports, “But it’s not just iPhone. Apple did something remarkable during fourth quarter — Mac sales grew during three months when PC shipments were their worst in a decade, according to IDC. Apple sold 5.2 million Macs, generating $6.6 billion — or more revenue than any single Microsoft division. Closest: Office at $6.28 billion… In the United States, fourth-quarter PC shipments fell for every vendor in the top five but Apple, according to Gartner. HP shipments plummeted by more than 26 percent — meanwhile Apple’s grew by 20.7 percent.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we have always said, even as many short-sightedly waved (and continue to wave) the white flag, the war is not over. And, yes, we shall prevail… No company is invincible. Not even Microsoft.MacDailyNews Take, January 10, 2005

42 Comments

    1. Guess who’s laughing last? The iPhone was worth it alone just for the utter humiliation it’s been personally & professionally for Steve Ballmer who got his nuts served to him raw on a platter. Forgive me a very cruel, vicious chuckle & BWAHAHAHA!!!

      1. Right there with you Brother Blood. How soon naysayers forget. Anything to add BLN? Go suck on a banana in the cage with your Monkey Boy mentor. Pff. Pathetic excuse for a CEO. As Long As IT TAKES!

  1. Lets see…. In 7 years… From this interview…

    Window Mobil phone crashed… They are trying to reboot…
    Zune crashed… No reboot…
    Vista crashed.. Reboot into Windows 7…
    Windows PC Tablets finale died… Tying to reboot with W8…

    Man is major clueless….

  2. I think that’s time to stop talking about Microsoft as anything more than a niche software house like Adobe. The revenue comparisons are becoming silly. IBM had their day, Xerox, and now Microsoft. Not only are they no longer a threat to Apple, I think we’ll start seeing a dramatic decline in their influence in the industry. Windows is quickly becoming legacy software to be endured until it can be replaced by business and consumers. And I think Ballmer’s snake-oil approach to customers, “Ah, why don’t you wait to get home before you try it, but pay me first.” approach simply reinforces Microsoft and its product as crap.

    1. IBM had their day, Xerox, and now Microsoft. Not only are they no longer a threat to Apple…
      ———-
      IBM is in on their shifty conspiracy mode. It was humiliated by Apple when it gave up its PC business. Now it is in the software and total solution business and making a comeback. To get back at Apple, it is using Google as a proxy to upset the Applecart. It has transferred tons of its IPs to Google to continue the fight. Apple should allow its friend Larry Ellison of Oracle to get IBM in the enterprise business.

  3. every time I see that interview video, “We’ve Only Just Begun” keeps popping in my head, but instead of “…to live!”; “..to fuck-up!” comes to mind for Ballmer T. Clown©.

  4. Just wait until Apple gets the iPhone sales in China going. Think these Q1 numbers are stupidly large? Once 1.2 billion Chinese can walk into a store and buy an iPhone without scalpers mucking things up, the Q1 numbers will be small potatoes. I don’t know how Apple can even build enough iPhones.

    1. Yep, this March quarter should be good too. China Telecom should announce the iPhone 4S CDMA version on their network in a couple weeks in my opinion. And, Apple will launch the next iPad by the end of March, so this quarter is gonna get goosed!

    2. Realistically, nowhere near 1.2B Chinese will be able to buy an iPhone. Many are still rural and too poor to afford both phone and plan.

      That said, even if only 10% of China’s population can afford an iPhone (just for comparison; could be higher or lower in reality), that’s 120 million potential iPhone customers right there. That’s staggering. Mind you, a good half of those will settle for cheap knock-offs, and I don’t mean Samsungs.

  5. MacDailyNews Take: As we have always said, even as many short-sightedly waved (and continue to wave) the white flag, the war is not over. And, yes, we shall prevail… No company is invincible. Not even Microsoft. – MacDailyNews Take, January 10, 2005

    Apple needs Microsoft MDN. It’s hard to rail against something that’s not there. What would people compare their Macs to if not for Windows?

  6. From the movie “Patton”

    For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph – a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot, or rode the trace horses.

    A slave stood behind the conqueror, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.

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