Apple steals the show in Q4, grabs more than 80% of mobile industry profits
A research report published today indicates Apple took in approximately 50% of all mobile industry revenues and over 80% of all mobile profits last quarter
Apple has captured approximately 50% of all mobile revenues and over 80% of all profits in Q4 2011, according to a report by Barron's via technology site BGR. The news comes via Morgan Keegan analyst Travis McCourt who apparently revealed the stats in note to investors published Tuesday.
“Apple simply dominated Q4:11 handset/mobile computing trends, and now accounts for nearly 50% of the revenues of the entire industry and over 80% of the profits by our calculation,” notes McCourt.
In the research note, Mcourt also writes that industry revenue would have actually declined 0.4% in Q4, if Apple's results weren't taken into consideration. Taking Apple's results into consideration, though, Q4 growth was a massive 34%.
Outside of Samsung, McCourt notes that it's getting increasingly difficult to understand how HTC, Nokia, Motorola, and others will money to compete for the long haul. This will be a major issue for most mobile players.
Samsung is honestly the only real rival to Apple at this point. It will be interesting to see how the mobile industry takes shape in 2012.