Posted 05 December 2012 - 15:27
People always seem to forget a truly sobering statistic overall:
Apple makes basically 1 phone a year, 1 tablet a year, 1 new revision of their laptops and desktops a year, etc. This year they did alter that somewhat with the iPad 4 and iPad mini but their track record is basically 1 device per year per category of device, more or less.
Contrast that with how many Android phones produced in the past 12 months across all the companies making phones... maybe 40, 50, even 60 phones? How many tablets? 40? 50? 60?
The sobering statistic: Apple cranks out a few products a year vs the competition cranking out dozens upon dozens of products a year updating them nearly constantly and still Apple makes money hand over fist. That comes primarily from Apple working on a ~40% profit margin since the day the company was founded.
Nobody else has or will ever make that kind of profit on their devices, even when they manufacturer them in-house which Apple doesn't do. Considering that alone, the fact that Apple uses outside firms and services to make their products (the design is traditionally in-house, not the manufacture), and they can still crank out ~40% profit across the board - or even higher on some items - is utterly astonishing and the direct reason they have close to $200 billion in cash without any serious bills or expenses in sight.