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50% of Apple's Revenue Comes From the iPhone

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  • by Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @03:17PM (#35898142) Homepage
    What I want to know is how much of that 50% is from hardware sales and what is from app store revenue.
  • Re:Wait... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mbkennel (97636) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @03:32PM (#35898338)

    1. Create iPhone
    2. Wail on carriers so they don't ruin it
    3. Profit!
    4. Profit!!
    5. Profit!!!
    6. Profit!!!!
    7. Profit!!!!!

  • by HerculesMO (693085) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @03:33PM (#35898350)

    I know it's kind of laughable right now, but imagine if Windows Phone or Android make a big dent into Apple's iPhone marketshare.

    That's 50% of their revenue they are cutting into, at high percentages. Just food for thought folks...

  • by NatasRevol (731260) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @04:03PM (#35898814) Journal

    Why would anybody reasonably try to compare Smartphones to MP3 players?

    People who want to sell apps across an OS.

  • by jo_ham (604554) <joham999&gmail,com> on Thursday April 21, 2011 @04:03PM (#35898820)

    Funny, that's what everyone said about the first iPad.

    "Any time now!"

    "Soon!"

    "Just around the corner"

    "Ok, well *now* it'll get serious with Honeycomb..."

    In the meantime, Apple released the iPad 2.

    I've no doubt that there will be strong competitors to the iPad, but the supposed "cheaper, better, faster" Android tablet that was meant to appear months ago still hasn't arrived.

  • by biglig2 (89374) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @04:03PM (#35898824) Homepage Journal

    Shocking as it may be to hear an Apple Fanboi say this - good point RazzleFrog! Because, you see, you're right: Android IS trouncing iOS in smartphone marketshare. And Apple don't care!

    They're making all the profit. They're selling every iOS device they can build. They're seeing Mac sales go up while PC sales go down because of iPad. They're watching RIM go insane and Nokia sell out to Microsoft. They're welcoming all the developers to iOS, who come there first because that's where the money is.

    Hell, it's Apple that's driving Android sales. How many Android phones get sold in response to a customer query of "I want something like an iPhone only cheap" or "I want something like an iPhone but don't want to change networks."

  • by Americano (920576) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @04:18PM (#35899058)

    Here's why your argument is disingenuous: When you're comparing platforms, the usual reason for doing so is to compare the robustness of the platforms in terms of where a developer/company should focus its efforts at producing apps. And iOS, as an app platform, is much larger than Android, because you can't simply disregard the fact that many (most?) apps work just fine without phone hardware, and can work either disconnected, or over wifi-only, on iPads and iPod touches. If you develop for iOS, you have access to millions of non-iPhone devices.

    So, yes, the aggregate market share of all Android devices is a few % larger than the market share of the single line of phones that Apple produces. So what?

    If your goal is to use that number to convince people that Android is a compelling platform to develop for (i.e., enhancing the value & appeal of the platform with third-party applications that will entice users to buy), then you cannot disregard the fact that iOS is much larger than "only iPhones," just as Android is much larger than "only Motorola Droids."

    And it's interesting to note, with the arrival of legitimate Android competitors to the iPad, that people flogging Android seem eager to overlook the low market share of these devices while touting Android as a total winner for any shop looking to develop apps for a mobile platform.

  • by shmlco (594907) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @05:21PM (#35899968) Homepage

    "They are going to write for both because they want to hit as many people as possible."

    As an iOS developer, I'll tell you right now that I'm currently NOT writing for both. Several friends are, and wish they hadn't. Android platform sales suck, just as paid Linux application sales suck. 'Droid-boys don't buy, and as such it doesn't really matter how many eyeballs are on the platform. No sales == no sales.

    That's why most of the Android apps are free and ad-based... at least then you have a chance at SOME money. Unfortunately, they don't tend to click on ads, either.

    Google may need to follow in Apple's footsteps, and produce their own software like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, and Garage Band. At least then SOMEONE will be writing quality apps for their platform.

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