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Apple #2 in Profits for the Global Fortune 500, and Jumps 36 Positions to #19 (from #55) for Revenues in Fortune’s Global 500 List ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🍎🍎🍎

July 8, 2013

🍎 Apple Jumps 36 Positions to #19 (from #55) in Fortune’s Global 500 List. Just two months ago, Apple ranked 6th in the Fortune 500 list – breaking in to top 10 for the first time. Today, the Fortune Global 500 list was revealed with Apple at #19. Apple was ranked at #55 last year and #111 the year before.

🍎 Fortune attributes the increase to the launches of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, which helped bring Apple’s annual revenues up 45% to $157 billion in 2012. Apple has already brought in $98.1 billion in revenue the first two quarters of this financial year. Notice in the Chart above, the yellow highlighted column, Apple Ranks #2 in Profits for the Fortune 500 Global Companies.

🍎 Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) reports total iPhone units but doesn’t detail product mix, either. ISI Group analyst Brian Marshall estimates that the iPhone 5 sold twice as fast as the Galaxy S4 at launch, hitting 20 million in unit sales after just 25 days.

🍎 The high end of the smartphone market is quickly maturing and reaching saturation, which is presenting headwinds for both Apple and Samsung. Apple Inc is widely expected to release a mid-range iPhone model for the first time this year, while Samsung has long played a wide plethora of price points to rise to the No. 1 vendor by volume.

🍎 Samsung’s mobile business contributed 74% of all operating income, underscoring how important its smartphone business is. Some analysts believe that the semiconductor component business is being underappreciated, as Samsung’s vertical integration is a distinct competitive advantage.

🍎 However, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly moving as much component business as it can away from its largest rival and has inked a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:TSM) to manufacture future processors.

🍎 This transition from Samsung to Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd, alone could hurt Samsung’s component business to the tune of $5 billion in annual sales. This semiconductor segment represented 12% of Samsung’s operating income in the first quarter.

🍎 Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 launch is in its rearview mirror, current unit sales are proceeding at a disappointing pace. This factor places Apple Inc with an opportunity to win back investor’s favor when it launches its new iPhones and iPads in a matter of a few months.

🍎 In case you missed it, last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application that the Apple has filed for, detailing a multi-function input port that would merge a USB port and SD card slot into a single "port." Apple Inc. originally applied for this patent in December 2011, and it has yet to be awarded.

🍎 One of the primary benefits of merging the two ports would be to facilitate even thinner designs. Consumer preferences are quickly shifting to the thin-and-light laptop segment, an area that NPD says that the MacBook Air dominates with 56% market share.

🍎 Apple’s patent application might not seem like a game-changer, but DIGITIMES believes that rival Ultrabook makers competing in this market-segment, for thin and light laptops, are worried that the move would give Apple Inc another leg-up. With as thin as laptops have become, every millimeter counts; a combined input port could save 12 millimeters in external design "thinness."

🍎 The possible move is similar to another seemingly minor detail that’s arguably underappreciated: Apple Inc MagSafe power adaptors. The magnetic power cord was unveiled in 2006 as an added convenience, reducing the risk that people would trip on cords and laptops would crash into floors. Apple Inc also patented the connector, which is why rivals still can’t use it. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface uses a magnetic power cord, with the big difference being that Microsoft’s version carries data along with power. Microsoft Corporation has applied for a patent of its own.

🍎 Alone, these are all minor details that most PC vendors have overlooked. Combined, they offer conveniences that give Apple Inc an advantage. Rivals already have to watch out for Apple’s MacBook Air design patent, which covers the overall wedge look. Even though Apple isn’t immune to the PC market’s broad weakness right now, it’s still got some tricks up its sleeves.


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