iPhone sales compared to other companies

We already knew the iPhone is Apple’s number one revenue generator, but it doesn’t help us visualize how big it really is until you compare it to something else. As a matter of fact, it is so big that comparing iPhone revenue to other companies’ business units wouldn’t paint a good picture. In order to really see how big of a business the iPhone is, you have to compare it to full size companies.

That’s what the folks at Business Week did. So how big is iPhone compared to Microsoft, Nike or Coca Cola?

Much bigger. That’s your answer.

Consider this: The brand’s sales haul over the last four reported quarters eclipses that of such companies as Home Depot (HD), Microsoft (MSFT), Target (TGT), Goldman Sachs (GS), Amazon (AMZN), PepsiCo (PEP), Comcast (CMCSA), Dell (DELL), Google (GOOG), Pfizer (PFE), and UPS (UPS).

If this single product were its own company in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, IPhone Inc. would outsell 474 of those companies—ranking between Wells Fargo (WFC) ($90.5 billion) and Marathon Petroleum (MPC) ($84.9 billion). The iPhone’s $88.4 billion in annualized revenue tops 21 of the 30 component companies in the Dow Jones industrial average—it would be the ninth-biggest stock in the Dow 30.

Apple naysayers will probably manage to twist this into bad news, but numbers don’t lie.

  • TesticularFortitude

    This is making me nauseated. I feel sick to my stomach. How can I disable profits?

    • Kevin Osborne

      Settings > Airplane Mode > ON

      • Jonathan

        *Control Center > Airplane Mode

      • Maxim∑

        he hasn’t updated his brain to iOS 7 yet. still rolling out

      • Jonathan

        I don’t know if his would have enough room..

      • Kevin Osborne

        I was trying to help all users achieve the same thing. Those jailbroken still on iOS 6 need to know how to disable this feature as well.

      • Maxim∑

        I was just joking!

  • Christian Mejía

    No surprise

  • TesticularFortitude

    ‘Apple naysayers will probably manage to twist this into bad news, but numbers don’t lie.’

    They will say market share for a business is better than profit share… lol

  • Jonathan

    • omrishtam

      lmao that little title at the bottom of your pic 😀

  • Obsidian71

    “It’s lonely at the top” Tim Cook

    • H5ire

      Half knowledge is dangerous my friend.!! 🙂

  • Obsidian71

    What I like is that essentially Apple can tell people to “F*** Off” without even having to say it. Adobe Flash? FO. NFC? FO. Trial software and upgrades in the App stores? FO. And they still make a crap-ton of money. #winning

    • Dan

      You actually like that? Wouldn’t you like to have the option of having flash, using NFC, trial app purchases?

      I understand you like Apple, nothing wrong with that, but liking the fact that Apple decides all of those things for you as well? Wow.

      • TesticularFortitude

        Maybe he likes the option of having iOS most.

      • Dan

        that wasn’t the point, he’s saying he likes IOS AND likes that Apple has the veto vote.

      • TesticularFortitude

        Every manufacturer does. Not just Apple.

      • Dan

        you’re missing my point, won’t repeat what I mentioned in other posts, would just be nice if IOS and Apple were more open.

      • TesticularFortitude

        Nope. I get it. We both can justify why we like different platforms. For example, you mentioned control and options . I like iPhone because I like simplicity. I think iOS is smoother and more efficient. I think it looks better and the app quality is second to none. I love the aesthetics and build quality, too. And iphone isn’t just pretty, it does everything I need it to. There are no ‘options’ on other platforms that can amount to that experience(in my opinion).

      • Obsidian71

        No. I understood the reasons even before Job’s famous statement on Flash. Flash did nothing to hijack the Internet and slowed open solutions from being adopted (HTML5). NFC is another poor standard. The proximity of NFC is an issue. The future is walking into a retail location. Browsing …making your purchase ANYWHERE in the store and then walking to a pickup station after receiving a notification that your order is ready for pickup. The Apple Stores are heading in this direction and soon most retail locations will adopt this strategy if feasible. NFC chains you a cash wrap. It’s a non-starter.

      • Dan

        That’s not really the point. Apple shouldn’t be making the call for you. Imo, let people decide if they want to use features such as NFC.

        Personally I love the convenience of NFC. I have a sticker on my bed-stand (turns off all features, sets my alarm, power save mode etc), one at work (silent mode), one in my car etc.

      • TesticularFortitude

        Why can’t Apple decide what goes into the iPhone? Other manufacturers decide what goes in theirs.

      • Dan

        Well they can and they do, it’s just something that irks me personally. I prefer an OS that gives you a bit more control. If you look at the Google App store, you can see that there a LOT more tools that Apple store since the OS is open (apps like Shush, Tasker, Titanium Backup to name a few).

        Yes IOS may have more big name apps, such as Infinity Blade, but personally I don’t play many games so I don’t care.

        It would be great if IOS left people that liberty. Anyhow, that’s my opinion, I’m out, need to SOME work while I’m at the office =P

      • Obsidian71

        Then you’re going to love iBeacons in a few generations. I plan to have hardware beacons sprinkled through my home triggering automated events when I need them.

    • Kurt

      You feel like you are part of it, as if you are on the winning team. You just own an iDevice. #loser

      • TesticularFortitude

        I’m getting a note 3 so I can be on the winning team.

      • Kurt

        Unfortunately Note 3 camera sucks…iPhone 4S is better. I know you are an Apple fanboy, but other than that, and lack of quality apps, the Note 3 is the best out there

      • TesticularFortitude

        My iphone 5s has an awesome camera… And you’re spot on with app quality.

        When my review unit arrives, I’ll let you know what I think of the note 3.

      • mehrab

        Bad design bad camera, great performance battery life great screen even tho i personally dont like it i asked around other people some like it some dont.

      • Gucciipad

        Fail. The note is big n huge

      • mehrab

        Okay. Iphone 5s:Better camera,better performance,better integration,better design,better colors on the display, much more better apps a fingerprint sensor which you will use all the time (super awesome useful feature) you can get all the google services and apps on the ios app store too,iMessage and FaceTime

        Note3: MANY features (none of these features are for everyday use they are not baked in the os very well either but yeah many features but NOT “very good features” bigger higher res screen (fake colors,tho) extreme customizability, s-pen for drawing sketching scribbling,lots of camera features, better battery life.

        I”d take the 5s a million times
        I am someone who used a note 2,xperia Z,gs4,htc one,nexus 4
        If your locking for a device that will last very long and you can use for years and get software updates want better design camera apps and performance go for iPhone.
        Specification wise it seems the note 3 is faster and has a better camera dont be fooled thats not true the dual core of the 5s and the 8mp cam beats quad cores and 21 mp snappers

      • Obsidian71

        With Apple I have more freedom than anywhere. With Apple I know how things work. They create a product, I know said product is laden with margin but it also well made and premium. That’s basically the end of our transaction save for some services I may elect to pay for. With Android I get a platform designed by an advertising company. This means my services are largely “free” but I’m not subjected to data mining, scraping and all other means of turning a buck from my actions.

        I’d rather go with the company charging me more upfront. It’s transparent and how old school business was done.

      • Dan

        Data mining, possibly, I won’t debate that and personally I don’t care.

        But Android is much more than that. My phone does a lot of things and has many features that IOS won’t have for a long time, or even never. That for me makes it worthwhile.

        To each his own though, not bashing IOS, just not for me (phone wise).

      • TesticularFortitude

        He somehow thinks Samsung doesn’t decide what goes in their phones.

  • Qasim Bashir

    Apple bigger than Proctor & Gamble? Wow!!!

  • Kurt

    And Apple still evades paying taxes. ie. Ireland

  • Steve Jobs

    bigger than boeing? awesome!

  • Singed

    Am I the only one who is genuinely surprised of how Home Depot won in sales over Nike, McDonald’s and Microsoft?

  • Hotrod

    How would they compare to google I wonder …

    • Esmond

      In profits, they would kill Google. Profits aren’t everything though.

  • Ketan

    Apple iPhones are so easy to use that my seven year old son knows how to use face time and how to buy games, from where and most importantly he can take a picture without any fuss.with samsung it’s so confusing a friend of mine can’t figure it out after 4 years how to use it