Apple’s reported fantastic earnings on Tuesday crushed Wall Street estimates.
In short, Apple’s success has once again amazed us and is nothing less than paramount .
Here’s just how paramount …
Apple’s quarterly revenue just from the iPhone, $51.2 billion, was greater than Yahoo’s entire market capitalization of $45.5 billion.
Apple’s iPhone revenue in the fourth quarter was more than three times Google’s third-quarter revenue, $16.5 billion.
And Apple’s iPhone revenue was almost twice Microsoft’s $26.5 billion in revenue last quarter.
At 74.5 million units, Apple sold over seven times as many phones as Microsoft’s Nokia business.
In fact, 74.5 million iPhones is more than Apple sold during its entire 2011 fiscal year (the four left-most bars on this chart, as Apple’s fiscal year starts in October).
It’s also 20 million more iPhones than Netflix has paid subscribers, 54.5 million.
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Apple has $178 billion in cash, more than enough to buy IBM at its current market cap of $152.3 billion.
In fact, Apple could buy Ford, GM, and Tesla and still have $41.3 billion left over.
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Apple sold 21.4 million iPads last quarter. That was considered a disappointment but was at least one for every person in the state of New York.
Apple’s iPad revenue alone, $9 billion, is more than enough to buy GoPro at its current market cap of $6.6 billion.
Apple sold 5.52 million Macs last quarter, enough to give one to every person in Ireland.
Apple’s Mac revenue was $6.9 billion last quarter. That’s more than the GDP of Monaco.
Before the latest earnings, Apple’s market cap was $640 billion. That is more than the GDP of all but 25 countries. No. 26, South Africa, had a GDP of $596 billion in 2013, according to CIA estimates.
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Apple’s net income last quarter was $18 billion, the largest quarterly earnings for any company ever, according to Wikipedia.
The previous record was held by Gazprom, Russia’s enormous oil and gas company, which booked $16.2 billion in profit in August 2011. In fact, every other company in the top 25 most profitable quarters of all time is an energy company.
This article first appeared in Business Insider