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Apple’s iPhone Business is Larger Than All of Microsoft Combined

iPhone 4S wood backHere’s the craziest thing I’ve heard all year: Apple’s iPhone business alone is larger than the entirety of Microsoft – PCs, Windows Phone and Xbox combined. Let that one absorb for a minute.

So what if you eliminated the iPhone business from the equation? According to Forbes, per Parislemon, all of Apple’s remaining entities would still be larger than Microsoft. My how times have changed. Of course, with a lineup of Macs, iPads and iPods, the Cupertino-based company is exponentially larger than pretty much every company in the world. In fact, Apple is currently the most valuable there is, period. At least for now.

One more thing: just to show that it’s not revenue that we are comparing here and thus it being some trick of the product mix which just makes Apple seem larger, the company also makes about twice the profits of Microsoft: in the last quarter, some $13 billion against $6.6 billion, Forbes wrote.

Even more amazing is that Apple neared bankruptcy only 14 years ago, and now they’re one of the most recognized companies in all the tech land. Like it or not, the Cupertino-based company has been at the forefront of advancing consumer technologies while offering great design and an unrivaled user-friendliness.

“Monopolies tend to fall not when they are beaten in their own market but when their market becomes only a subset of a wider one, when advancing technology makes the monopolist’s position almost irrelevant.”

The monopolist, in this case, is Microsoft. With Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 currently in the pipeline, can Microsoft muscle back its reputation as one of the elite tech giants? The company is still no slouch, but it is currently well behind on the smartphone front, with many consumers preferring the iPhone or Android offerings.a

[via Forbes]

Brandon Russell

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