Apple could become a trillion dollar company this year thanks to iOS sales alone

Apple could become a trillion dollar company this year thanks to iOS sales alone
Could 2017 be the year where Apple finally crosses the $1 trillion revenue mark – from iOS alone? Asymco analyst Horce Dediu believes it's so, suggesting that the combined revenue from iOS product sales and Apple's services sector (apps, subscriptions, and media) could stretch beyond a trillion dollars.

According to his stats, Apple's overall revenue from iOS product sales will reach $980 billion by mid-2017, with the iPhone alone having sold "at least 1.2 billion units" since its initial release 10 years ago – making it the most successful product of all time. Meanwhile, combined total unit sales of the rest in the iOS family – the iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, and Apple TV – will escalate to 1.75 billion.

Add to that the $100 billion Apple's already brought in from selling apps, subscriptions, and media, and it's clear that the company could very well reach beyond the $1 trillion revenue mark in 2017. However, investors believe that Apple needs another breakthrough product launch in order to achieve a trillion dollar market cap.

The billions of iOS devices out there are being put to good use. Deidu counted an estimated 17.5 trillion iPhone sessions per year, amounting to an average of 48 billion sessions per day.

Apple will remain active in the mobile device sector throughout 2017, beginning with new iPad product launches in March and proceeding with new iPhones, along with a potential Apple Watch 3, in the third quarter. The iPhone is said to be due for a significant refresh, featuring an updated design with new materials, and technological changes such as OLED displays and wireless charging.

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19 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Not gonna be surprise since app developer wants to invest 1st in ios.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"According to his stats, Apple's overall revenue from iOS product sales will reach $980 billion by mid-2017, with the iPhone alone having sold "at least 1.2 billion units" since its initial release 10 years ago ". Android sold just last year (2016) 1.2 billion smartphones for 1 year. The year before (2015) Android sold over 1 billion smartphones. So Apple likes to boast and brag, and toot their own horn all the time. App developers for Android realize that developers can make a lot of money from free apps or IAP. Also there is no mention that Apples sales have declined as well as their market share. Yet, Androids market share and sales have increase for the same time frame.

10. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Its bad that it takes that many different android manufacturers (lg, htc, samsung, blu, zte, ect ect) to match the sales of just Apple.

11. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

He said in _one year_ Android sold 1.2 billion smartphones, compared with Apple, who sold 1.2 billion smartphone over _ten years_. Android smartphone sales are not _matching_ Apple; they are _exceeding_ Apple multiple times over.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's bad that iFans can't do math and realize that 150-200 million iOS devices sold does not match >1 Billion Android devices sold per year.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

well.. he never leave his cave and think that Apple has the biggest smartphone market share, lol..

6. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Only thing that's not gonna surprise me, is that the morons will buy this BS(and not only this one), and the Apple stock will not fall by much. There will be at the end, only iPhone7S this year, but then will come the more real hope for next 2018's iPhone, and again will keep the stock price and even go up. Mark my words!!!!!

2. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

Oh yeah from just another ANALyst...

3. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Another reasons why Apple earn money: Killing headphone jack and other ports to saving cost, iPhone 6 series users need handle touch disease issue fees (coward Apple), Only iPad Pro series announced at 2016.

4. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

#Courage

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Not only saving costs. They get paid by every company that uses the lightning port connector (e.g. Earphones).

8. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

The iPhone is not the most successful product in history. It may be the most successful electronic communicating device in current history. To call it the most successful product in history is incorrect, at the least. Feel free to add more products to the list! These are a few products that are more successful than the iPhone. (This list is in no particular order and incomplete) The microwave is more successful than the iPhone. The refrigerator is more successful than the iPhone. The pen is more successful than the iPhone. The bed is more successful than the iPhone. The condom is more successful than the iPhone. The tire is more successful than the iPhone. The zipper is more successful than the iPhone. Pants are more successful than the iPhone. Paper is more successful than the iPhone.

13. TerryTerius unregistered

Depends on what you mean by successful. In terms of units sold, there are numerous products that far outnumber the iPhone. Though I'm pretty sure microwaves are not one of those. If you really want to break it down like that, you can get into grains of sand, individual fruits and vegetables, sheets of paper, number of condoms in a pack, and so on. In times of profit, that is a slightly different story. The iPhone alone has created a tremendous amount of wealth for Apple and is almost wholly responsible for them becoming one of the wealthiest companies in history. Well, that, tax dodging, and a few other things. But, if we're talking about a singular kind of product that has generated more revenue than anything else, that would most likely be oil. If you took the profits of all the oil companies combined over the many years they've existed, that amount is likely significantly higher then however much Apple has earned from the iPhone. After all, oil is responsible for floating the GDP's of entire nations. That said, I'm not sure you can count that because it's a natural resource that is refined by man. And if were talking about the wealthiest company of all time, adjusted for inflation; that is most likely the Dutch East India Company. In any case, like I said. It depends on how you're counting.

14. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

I'm using the author's measurement, which is success. How is that success defined? I assume it's profit and/or number of sales. If it's profit, there are numerous products that would shame the amount of money Apple has made from the iPhone. In 10 yrs, the iPhone has helped Apple make billions of dollars. However, let's use the tire or the zipper or the pen to compare. The zipper is made by numerous companies and has been around for decades and is used in more items than the iPhone. So, the amount of money generated by the zipper would out perform the iPhone. The tire is also manufactured by numerous companies and has been around for decades. The amount of money generated by the tire outperforms the iPhone. The pen has been around for centuries and will be around for many more centuries. The amount of money generated by the pen is exponential to the point of being beyond counting the profits. The similarity to all of these to the iPhone is that man generated these items and are not naturally derived. Yes, the original pen was a feather. So, let's just keep the profits generated to the industrial age.

17. TerryTerius unregistered

To break that down further, that depends on if you're talking about profit generated by a specific product for one company. In other words, that's the difference between talking about grapes in general, and how much money one company has made off of selling their particular breed of grape. I think it's pretty clear they're talking about the latter. I am not at all convinced that's universally true. Sheer number of units sold for any type of product doesn't in anyway shape or form guarantee the amount of revenue earned off of it will be greater than another product that isn't as pervasive. If I sell 5000 jumbo jets and earn $150 million off of each one, and you sell 10 million flags and make $15 off of each one, I am clearly earning far more money.

19. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

True, but during the life of the product, I will have more profit due to number of sales. You can only sell so many jumbo jets due to the number of clients available vs my number of clients who can afford a flag. Anyway, it is an inaccurate/incomplete comment the author stated about the iPhone's success. The term success is general and has multiple meanings and factors. The author should have stated the success the iPhone has had in the realm of smartphones vs all-time. Plus, as we've demonstrated, there are numerous factors to determine the definition of success.

9. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Yeah but Samsung makes army tanks!

15. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

It will not happen! apple doesn't deserve it.......but on the other hand ifans are easy to rip off!

18. michaelny2001

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

if Apple would license its iOS to Samsung, LG, Oneplus, etc, imagine how much woul dthey make, first week... 1 trillion.and with 4GB or 6GB of ram and SD835 it would blow any iphone out of the water.

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