Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jan 2012 22:08 UTC
Apple Apple reported its quarterly results, and thanks to the iPhone 4S and the iPad, Apple is putting out bizarre figures - 37 million iPhones, 15.5 million iPads. "The Company sold 37.04 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 128 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 15.43 million iPads during the quarter, a 111 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 5.2 million Macs during the quarter, a 26 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 15.4 million iPods, a 21 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter." Is this the end of Android's dominance, or just a single uberquarter due to the new iPhone?
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RE[3]: in the land of the blind
by rhavyn on Thu 26th Jan 2012 06:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: in the land of the blind"
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These results are not adjusted for inflation or market size. Standard Oil, Ford and Bethlehem Steel were all larger and far more profitable corporations than Apple in real terms.

Sorry, but no. Apple had the 4th largest quarterly corporate earnings of all time, inflation adjusted. They are also the only non-oil company in the top 20:

JD Rockefeller's personal wealth ($400-650 billion in inflation adjusted terms) was enough to buy Apple outright.

Which seems like a kind of irrelevant. But since we're tossing around irrelevant statistics, Apple's cash reserves alone are larger than the value of all but 52 companies in the world.

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