What if the iPhone or iPad were their own company? How would they size up?

What if the iPhone or iPad were their own company?  How would they size up?
When Apple announced its quarterly earnings, the highlight of the announcement was the strength of iPhone sales. More than 35 million units shipped, and it was the major contributor to the $37 billion plus brought in by the cash cow that is iPhone.

As earnings calls go, there was nothing ground breaking announced and that is because new products are coming later this year, and the new operating systems have already been announced.

None of that takes away from the fact that Apple, as a company (and many other successful, Fortune 500 types), is larger than some whole national economies, never mind other companies. Based on just the quarterly revenue alone generated by the iPhone, if it were a company unto itself, it would be bigger than revenues of eBay and McDonald’s combined.

The iPhone’s quarterly revenues are as big as the whole of Amazon’s. It is bigger than Google’s. The $19 billion in quarterly revenue from the iPhone is bigger than the national economies of The Bahamas and Bermuda combined. They are also larger than the GDP of Iceland or Mongolia. Indeed, one economist figured that the iPhone could even impact up to 1% of the US GDP.

How about the iPad? It may not sell as many units, but the quarterly revenues from the iPad were larger than those of Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Groupon and Tesla, combined. Its nearly $6 billion for the quarter is alone bigger than a few small nation’s economies as well.

Apple has other heavyweights too. The company has over a billion in revenues from hardware accessories (ear buds, cables, etc.). The revenues are bigger than Chipotle. iTunes as a service is alone bigger than eBay, and even the iPod nearly double the size of Twitter.

Other companies have their success stories of scale and economic impact, Apple is definitely not alone. However the iconic brands that the iPhone and iPad represent make them noteworthy for comparison.

via: iClarified



1. rantao333

Posts: 345; Member since: May 21, 2013

here come the haters

3. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I just dont like Apple, but for people who loves it, its OK n.n

34. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yes that is right

10. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Basically it does what it promises. Which is not a bad thing. Apple never said that iOS will be an open OS. But lets not go there. Its for people who can afford it and I think it is a good OS and the numbers absolutely proves that.

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The real issue isn't being open or not, it is under-handed tactics like planned obsolescence. The following article (along with hundreds of others) have experienced this issue. You can even search Google trends with "iphone slow" and it literally coincides with every major iPhone release quarter, after which they "magically" fix the problem (because quality control was on vacation during the release quarter). http://www.inc.com/erik-sherman/planned-obsolescence-a-good-way-to-make-your-business-obsolete.html That crap, combined with tactics to lock people in by making it hard to switch easily. Shafting frugal customers by releasing a plastic iPhone 5 as something new instead of the usual price reduction in a quality iPhone 5 itself. Then there is the restricting of features on older devices that they are well within their capabilities of running (Siri on 4, wifi tethering on 3GS, Nav on 4, etc.). People who are informed will switch away as many have, but Apple puts a large amount of effort into mis-informing their customers.

30. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Siri on iPhone 4?, dude let it go... Move on

32. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Oh yea, I already did, moved to Android first chance I got. Now I am just helping others move on as best I can.

33. michaelmicro unregistered

That sounds a tad... Religious and fanatical.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What're your a prophet now? "Helping others move on", dude you got issues man.

38. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

More like you have big problems. Helping others to make an informed decision and to purchase what not. Why does it bother you, when you said you don't give a rat what Apple does and how it merges and intersects business orientation and infrastructure. .... Apple has indoctrinated users and average joe along with innocents.

43. michaelmicro unregistered

Looking at your posts, I would seriously question your objectivity as far as helping others to make an informed decision. The same goes for Finalflash.

40. nodnarb

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

honestly i don't see what the deal is with planned obsolescence because almost everyone is going to switch their phone every 2 years anyway. on this site probably even more frequently

19. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Haters gonna hate but Great job apple. Also iphone 6 will rock but iOS is not for me but that doesn't make it a bad OS in any way. First of all the screen is very small for me and "closed" nature of ios is a no for me. And finally its just toooo simple i don't like like this tooo much simplicity. but iphone/ipad is great in many ways like, design(my personal opinion), and love the display too ( i don't always count resolution) and camera is good tooo (though its about time for a bump in MP's) and apple's ecosystem is absolutely awesome. Great quality apps and games are awesome especially on ipad. I often see apple's version of games are visually (graphics)look much better than android/wp versions.

24. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Nothing spectacular, the iPhone has. Just basic functions, while others provide great value for money; features and specs. Basic phone phone for basic people. Apple targets all the simple basic users, that's surely are loads of dimwits infested in this world. Overpriced accessories Overpriced Apple care Overpriced midrange phone, with high end demand. Overpriced Mac book, with no additional HD, SSD upgrade. Overpriced iPod, with garbage sound quality Overpriced ipad, with fake multitasking and cheap recycled aluminium, which costs cheaper than plastic Apple milked out millions on just replacing cheap glass screens

35. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I just think people who like and can afford iPhone is fine. Most people will disagree with me but iPhone are ripping people off. But that's just life I guess. Android cost more but their products have quality. I rest my case

39. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Quality. ... They use cheap bendable aluminium and cheap screen glasses. No wonder you see millions of cracked iPhones. Another way to milk us out.

2. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I honeslt think iPhone 4 - 5s are too small, at least for me and I dont like iOS theme its too blank for me, I know there are people who loveeees those phones, but for me WP8.1 and Android are better.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The same article should be written about all the tax that Apple has avoided paying through various tax cheating strategies.

5. Gawain

Posts: 437; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Even if taxes went up, and loopholes closed, companies still won't "pay" tax. It is an overhead cost that gets passed on to us.

6. wilsong17 unregistered

Also all the job they took from the American people. But hey American are so smart they keep buying iPhone

8. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

In what western country iPhone is not popular?

18. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014


13. Sreddy unregistered

whoever gets the job,atleast someone does! they buy what they like and its nothing bad.

31. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

First you give pitty to the american people for being taken their jobs away... Then you dumbed them by questioning their choice.. Great job

23. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol haters will always be looking for something.

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Hate, cause we feel sorry for these uninformed, stupid people, who buys Apple products. Not knowing anything about the product, but driven by popularity , among others. It's a trend. Owning an apple products, makes them feel and look cool.

27. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The same people who like apple are the same people who buy other overpriced garbage like Starbucks, beats and Bose. Moat people don't buy iPhones for the functionality, they buy it because its a social statement. Just like when people buy expensive cars.

28. michaelmicro unregistered

The vast majority of smartphone buyers are uninformed and buy a smartphone because it's currently 'on trend'. I was there back in the day of Nokia 7610 when it definitely wasn't 'on trend' to own a smartphone.

29. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Of course! We feel look cool and rich if we have Apple iPhones because people knows that iPhones is very expensive who and we can afford to buy.

42. nodnarb

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I used to only own android products but when my LG Optimus G got lost I was given an iphone 4s from a family member. I have to say the iphone is just super easy to use and works perfectly for everyday busy life. I plan to get another iphone and NOT just because its a popular and I know nothing about the product. I will buy another one because it fits my life better. Android is more fun to use, while iOS is better at making your life easy. That being said, I also know many people who switch to android just because they think the new phones are "cool" based on commercials. Bottom line is, while some blindly purchase, many iphone buyers make educated decisions. and buyers of other OSes purchase despite being uninformed too

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