We’ve seen a lot of interesting data regarding Apple’s latest quarterly earnings report over the last few weeks. What some are calling, “the quarter heard around the world,” will go down in history as one of the most profitable three month periods of any company (not just technology-related) ever.

Popular Apple analyst Horace Dediu added to the pile of statistics this morning with a report about Apple’s mobile profit earnings. Apparently, the Cupertino company raked 75% of all mobile phone profits (worldwide) last quarter…

It’s fitting that since Apple was the top smartphone manufacturer in the world, that it also made the most money. According to Dediu, the iPhone-makers accounted for 39% of all mobile phone revenues, and 75% of all profits. Why the large difference between the two numbers? It’s because Apple has higher profit margins (the difference between revenue and costs) than any other handset manufacturer (See: the Tim Cook effect) in the industry.

Perhaps more impressive than its individual achievements is the fact that Apple and Samsung accounted for more than 90% of all mobile phone profits last quarter. 90%. That means that other manufacturers like HTC, RIM, and Nokia only accounted for 10% of all profits. Ouch.

The battle for top smartphone-maker is clearly becoming a two-horse race between Apple and Samsung. And with both companies expected to release some major new products over the next 6 months, it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.

  • I can’t see Apple’s momentum slowing down, they actually built marketshare last year with minimal upgraded products. (even though they feel leaps and bounds ahead of anything else I have used from the competition, partly due to the smoothness of iOS)

    But with iPad 3 and iPhone 5 most definitely releasing this year with rumoured stellar upgrades, Apple seems to be in for a big year, add a likely iTV onto that, new Macbook and iMac probable redesigns.

    I think Apple could have one of the biggest years yet.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone here have an unbiased view on smartphones and is kind enough to tell me when the Galaxy S3 is expected to be released?

    PS: Obsessive Apple fans, do crawl back to your fanboy cave. Reasonable people only.

    • dude its not confirmed yet..before it was expected at MWC but now they announce that this will take some time due to some kind of chips are not ready, so it will prolong till june/july
      hope you got your answer

      • Anonymous

        Thanks bro.

    • dude its not confirmed yet..before it was expected at MWC but now they announce that this will take some time due to some kind of chips are not ready, so it will prolong till june/july
      hope you got your answer