Apple’s profits of $13.6 billion were likewise $4.5 billion more than the combined total of the four other tech giants.
And Apple’s balance of cash and marketable securities reached $193.5 billion — $13.5 billion more than the combined total of the other four companies. (Apple is unique in that $160 billion of that total is in long-term securities, but the number illustrates just how much cash is piling up for the company.)
These are five very different companies, with different business models and margins, ranging from hardware to software and online advertising. But there’s also plenty of crossover, particularly in the area of software, smartphones, tablets and computers.
In case you’re wondering, adding Amazon to the mix ($22.7 billion in quarterly revenue, a $57 million net loss, and $13.5 billion in cash) would allow the five other companies to top Apple in combined revenue, and essentially match Apple’s cash balance, but put the group further behind Apple in profits.