With businesses releasing their first quarter earnings statements, news in the technology world was bound to shift to talk-of-numbers.The story this year–and has been for the past several years–is Apple’s dominance in the market; this week’s wired article remarks on Apple’s record-breaking quarter and compares its numbers to those of the competition. With the numbers side-by-side, the only conclusion to be drawn is that Apple “just works” for a lot of people.
As this post is about numbers, let’s look at some:
“Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones in the first quarter of its fiscal year (which began last October), up 128 percent from the same sales period last year.”
“Continuing to dominate the tablet field, Apple sold more than 15 million iPads in the first quarter, up 111 percent from the previous year’s Q1 report.”
“The company reported record quarterly net profits of $13.06 billion, an increase of more than 100 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. For perspective, that’s nearly $3 billion more than Google’s reported revenues (not profits) for its first quarter.”
“Motorola Mobility sales fell flat in the company’s most recent quarter, while HTC — once considered the star of the Android hardware makers — saw a drop in sales for the first time in two years.”
“Motorola was the first to bring an Android competitor tablet to the market with its Xoom, though managed to ship — not necessarily sell — only 440,000 units in its third quarter last year.”
“Whether true or not, no single Android tablet competitor has been able to rival the iPad on the high-end. Xoom sales fizzled at the $600 price point, and others like LG’s G-Slate and Acer’s Iconia Tab faded from retailer shelves after months suffering little consumer attention. Other rival operating systems have fared even worse: HP effectively killed webOS last year by open-sourcing the platform, and RIM’s QNX platform has yet to see any major developer following.”
CEO Tim Cook said, “iPad is in a class by itself.” But perhaps it should read ‘Apple‘.