Apple is a big company, right? So it is expected that it would make a large profit. Just how big it could get though, is the question. Looking at the above chart, you see that Apple made $41.7b combined over the last four fiscal quarters. Compare that to the next number, $37.4b. Not too big a difference, correct? However, that $34.4b is a combination of the profits from Microsoft, eBay, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Amazon. Yes, a combination of 6 of the largest internet and technology companies in the world.
Take a look at who is one more step down. The major PC makers: Dell, Asus, Acer, IBM, HP, Lenovo, and Intel. They all, combined, made a mere (in comparison) $19.4b over the last year. That is less than half of what Apple by itself made. It’s insane. However this, actually, doesn’t surprise me. Apple has been on an upward swing the past few years, and continues to increase sales of the iPhone, its iPad lineup, and its desktop and notebook lineups. There eventually has to be a plateau though, I’d assume. Guess we will have to keep an eye on it.
What do you think? Is this just too much? Are you surprised? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.