Profit

Apple’s profit eclipses Samsung, Motorola, Nokia and LG combined

What’s more important, smartphones shipped or smartphone profits? That question is at the heart of a debate over competing figures used to bolster Samsung or Apple. A day after a Samsung-friendly market research firm claimed the South Korean firm shipped three times as many phones, new figures show Apple profit higher than most of its rivals combined.

Sales of 33.8 million iPhones during the last quarter earned more than the mobile units of Samsung, LG, Nokia, Huawei, Lenovo and Motorola all together, according to a Wednesday report. The report also ignited a new debate over how corporate figures can be twisted to fit any preconceived notion – such as Apple’s losing battle against Android…

The iPhone, America’s most profitable product

Apple’s iPhone isn’t just the nation’s top smartphone brand, it’s also the most profitable product in America, according to a Friday report. Despite having around just one-fifth of the overall smartphone market globally, or nearly 40 percent in the U.S. alone, the handset enjoys the industry-leading 40 percent operating margin, producing more than half of Apple’s $156.5 billion in 2012 sales. That profit margin is almost double that of the iPad, which grossed “only” $32.4 billion, according to MarketWatch…

HTC Profits Drop 26%, Cites Apple’s Heavy Competition

Today HTC has reported a 26% drop in its fourth quarter profits. They went onto express the fear of that number growing to 36% by the end of 2012’s first quarter.

The company had visions of a brighter future as they will announce new products at Barcelona’s upcoming Mobile World Congress later this month, however this appears to not be the case.

CFO Winston Yung told analysts “Our weakness in first-quarter guidance […] comes from facing competition in the U.S. from iPhone and Samsung.” Samsung is currently the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world, but Apple, the 3rd largest, is gaining ground quickly…

The iPhone is Blamed for China Unicom’s Troubles

It hasn’t been long since we speculated that releasing the iPhone 4 so soon to the iPhone 3GS might not be the best business move for Chinese provider China Unicom. According to The Inquirer we were right on the money with our predictions and that China Unicom has reported an astounding 54% profit drop for the 2nd quarter.

It’s appropriate to be clear about how Unicom ended up carrying Apple’s iPhone in the first place. China Mobile is the top dog in chinese cell service with over 500 million customers. Consequently they weren’t about to acquiesce to Steve Jobs and his stern business model, so they told Apple to take their iPhone and have a nice life…