John Paczkowski

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Apple to Samsung: Your Market Share Is Strong, but My Margins Are Unstoppable

According to IDC, Samsung surpassed Apple in the first quarter to become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer; Samsung shipped 42.2 million smartphones to Apple’s 35.1 million. But Cupertino retains another, far more lucrative title: Smartphone-market revenue leader.

New data from Juniper Research shows that Apple’s revenue from the iPhone in the first quarter topped out at about $22.7 billion — a fair bit more than the $17 billion Samsung made from its entire handset portfolio, smart and feature. So while Samsung may be winning on global smartphone shipments, Apple is winning on a more important metric: Smartphone profitability. And for a very simple reason: The company has the highest margins around.

Reporting second-quarter earnings last week, Apple said that its gross margin was 47.4 percent. Meanwhile, Samsung’s was just under 13 percent. So, while Samsung is dominating smartphone shipments, Apple is dominating the smartphone industry’s pool of profits.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work