How powerful is Apple becoming in the tech industry? Well, take a look at the impressive quarter that the iPhone and iPad maker just reported, posting quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion. That’s the biggest quarterly revenue haul ever by a technology company.

We wanted to put the number in a bit of perspective, so we took a look at the quarterly reports of some other tech titans.

Apple’s performance is just plain staggering.

The $46.3 billion in revenue equals the combined quarterly revenue of one Microsoft ($20.89 billon); two Googles ($10.5 billion); and three Yahoos ($1.17 billion).

Apple’s net income wasn’t too shabby either. Farhad Manjoo noted on Twitter that Apple’s $13 billion in profit was more than Google’s entire revenue for the past quarter.

And just to put that profit number in some more perspective, it’s nearly twice the net income that Microsoft just posted during its most recent quarter.

Is there any stopping Apple?

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Comments

  • http://twitter.com/parkerknapp David Milesi

    Nope. Happy to be a AAPL shareholder.

    • http://www.nickwhite.me/ Nick White

      Currently fluctuating between $450 and 460 in the after hours charts

  • WhiteKnight

    Can they afford American manufacturing now?

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Apple on continuing to enjoy healthy profit margins! At this time we do not recommend onshore manufacturing; besides the high cost, the U.S. simply does not have enough engineers who are willing to live in factory barracks and work 12 hours a day. Only by offshoring can Apple continue to enjoy good results.

    • Stan

      Yeah because that’s the reason they have healthy margins, nobody else offshores.

      • Guest

        Not just margins, Stanimal. Good sales. There literally aren’t enough talented and willing U.S. engineers to produce iPads and iPhones at the rate we need them.

        • Mark

          I don’t think engineers are required to produce iPhones and iPads “at the rate we need them.” That’s spurious logic. “The rate we need them” is supplied by production. Manufacturing. Jobs. Unless I’m mistaken, and all those plant workers in China are talented engineers. And what’s with this “willing” business? That’s always a red herring thrown around by fatcats to justify any offshore or outsource move. They’re just not willing! We have to move the jobs elsewhere! Baloney. It’s greed, pure and simple. There is no profit margin that will ever satisfy it.

          • Guest

            I apologise for my misstatement. There literally aren’t
            enough talented and willing U.S. factory workers to produce iPads and iPhones
            at the rate we need them.

            Would you be willing to live in corporate dorms, working as many hours as your bosses demand, roused in the middle of the night to apply different glass screens because an executive you’ll never meet threw a temper tantrum in his office?

  • http://blog.nordquist.org Brett Nordquist

    I would not want to be Ballmer’s dog or spouse today. 

    • Avatar Roku

      Why? Microsoft is beating expectations and setting records too. $6.3B profit for the quarter is incredible.

      Google and Yahoo are the ones that are not living up to expectations.

      • http://blog.nordquist.org Brett Nordquist

        Windows, Office, iPad, iPhone: pick two cash cows today.

  • Nichole

    4th quarter includes xmas gifts, yes?  What do the same stats look like for the rest of the year?

  • Justin

    “posting quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion. That’s the biggest quarterly revenue haul ever by a technology company.”

    Intel posted $54 billion for Q4’11.

    • Bravado

      “SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2012 – Intel Corporation today reported full-year revenue of $54
      billion, operating income of $17.5 billion, net income of $12.9 billion and EPS of $2.39 — all records.”

      That’s their yearly revenue. Q4 was in the next paragraph at $13.9 billion.

      http://www.intc.com/results.cfm

      • johnhcook

        What’s crazy is that Apple — in just one quarter — is approaching the revenue that Intel posted in an entire year. Amazing.  Thanks for clarifying that for Justin, Bravado.

        • Brandon H

          John, what’s important is take home profits not revenue that matters. If revenue was the most important metric you would want to look at HP or Walmart. You want to look at the ratio of revenue to profits. Apple sells hardware & software Microsoft sells mostly software(except xbox). Hardware companies typically have higher revenues.

          why is it even an issue, both companies are successful

  • http://hark.com David Aronchick

    Most amazing thing is that roughly 1/3rd of the rev (iPhone and iPad) comes from products that DID NOT EXIST 4.5 years ago. /cc parislemon

  • http://hark.com David Aronchick

    Most amazing is roughly 1/3rd of rev (iPhone and iPad) came from products that DID NOT EXIST 4.5yrs ago. /cc parislemon

  • http://hark.com David Aronchick

    Most amazing is roughly 1/3 rev (iPhone&iPad) came from products that DID NOT EXIST 4.5yrs ago. /cc parislemon

  • http://hark.com David Aronchick

    Most amazing is roughly 1/3 of rev came from products that DID NOT EXIST 4.5yrs ago. /cc @parislemon

  • Nichole

    One more question aside from the above ‘other 3 quarters of the year’ is about Facebook, – where is Facebook in the graph and MS earnings from Facebook advertising?  

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