After Apple announced its earnings for the second quarter of 2012 on April 24, it became clear the tech giant won't be slowing in growth any time soon; in the last quarter alone, Apple saw $39.2 billion in revenue and sold 35.1 million iPhones, 11.8 million iPads, four million Macs and 7.7 million iPods.
While these numbers are staggering in their own right, they're nothing compared to Apple's overall reach and growth. Sortable, a service that helps users search and compare products like phones, cameras, tablets and laptops, proved as much with a recent infographic, titled "Apple By The Numbers".
Using Apple investor documents, stats from comScore and numbers from news sources such as CNET, Forbes and All Things D, Sortable created an easy-to-read infographic showing just how huge Apple has become. One of the most surprising facts: 67 million iPads have been sold since the tablet's launch in January 2010. According to a recent study conducted by Internet ad research firm Chitika Insights, all of these iPads combined drive nearly 95% of all tablet web traffic, reports Apple Insider.
Take a look at more Apple numbers in Sortable's infographic (below) and then tell us: Which stat surprised you most? Share your thoughts in the comments! But before you do, make sure to flip through the slideshow that follows to check out nine surprising things Apple's worth more than.
A look at things Apple is worth more than. (Figures based on Apple market cap of roughly $550 billion.)
<a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/its-official-apple-now-bigger-entire-us-retail-sector" target="_hplink">ZeroHedge notes that when Apple's market cap surpassed $542 billion</a>, Apple was worth more than the entire U.S. retail sector.
Even the combined estimated 2011 GDPs of <a href="https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/iz.html" target="_hplink">Iraq</a> ($108.6 billion), <a href="https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/kn.html" target="_hplink">North Korea</a> ($28 billion), <a href="https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/vm.html" target="_hplink">Vietnam</a> ($121.6 billion), <a href="https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/rq.html" target="_hplink">Puerto Rico</a> ($93.52 billion), and <a href="https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/nz.html" target="_hplink">New Zealand</a> ($168.8 billion) aren't worth more than Apple.
<a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/illegal-drugs-trade-now-worth-119092" target="_hplink">According to The Daily Mirror</a>, as of March of last year, the world's entire illegal drug trade was worth an estimated £200billion, or about $314.7 billion -- some $200 billion less than Apple. [Hat Tip: <a href="http://thingsappleisworthmorethan.tumblr.com/" target="_hplink">Downtown Josh Brown on ThingsAppleIsWorthMoreThan.tumblr.com</a>]
Apple is also now worth more than fellow tech giants <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/apple-market-cap-google-microsoft_n_1266101.html" target="_hplink">Google and Microsoft</a> put together. Their current market caps are at approximately $202 billion and $275.3 billion, respectively, at time of writing. GeekWire notes that Apple's revenue in the most recent quarter, a staggering $46.3 billion, is equal to the<a href="http://www.geekwire.com/2012/apples-quarterly-revenue-yahoos-googles-microsoft" target="_hplink"> "combined quarterly revenue of one Microsoft ($20.89 billon); two Googles ($10.5 billion); and three Yahoos ($1.17 billion)."</a>
Apple is worth approximately 608 million Wifi and 4G-equipped 64GB iPads, which <a href="http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad" target="_hplink">cost $899 each</a>.
NASA's space shuttle Endeavour, which completed its final flight <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/01/space-shuttle-endeavour-m_n_869528.html" target="_hplink">in June of last year</a>, cost $1.7 billion to build, <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/about/information/shuttle_faq.html#1" target="_hplink">according to NASA.</a> It would take 321 space shuttle Endeavours to add up to one Apple. <a href="http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/02/29/three-things-apple-is-worth-more-than-aapl/" target="_hplink">GottaBeMobile also notes Apple is worth far more than the Apollo Space Program</a>, which landed the first human on the moon: <blockquote>Adjusted for inflation, the entire Apollo Space Program cost $145 - $170 billion dollars. Even at $170 billion, that's still less than half of what Apple is worth. We could fund the entire Apollo program twice, and still not spend as much money as Apple is worth.</blockquote>
<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2011/09/07/the-nfls-most-valuable-teams/" target="_hplink">According to Forbes</a>, as of September 2011, the average National Football League team was worth about $1.04 billion, which means it would take about 526 of them to add up to Apple's worth. There are only 32 right now, so it seems the NFL has a lot of catching up to do. [Hat Tip: <a href="http://thingsappleisworthmorethan.tumblr.com/" target="_hplink">Downtown Josh Brown on ThingsAppleIsWorthMoreThan.tumblr.com</a>]
Apple <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/25/apple-passes-exxon-market-cap_n_1231074.html" target="_hplink">surpassed Exxon</a> as the country's most valuable company, in terms of market cap, back in January. At the time of writing, Apple is worth about $141.41 billion more than the oil giant.
The U.S. government's <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2011-07-29/tech/apple.cash.government_1_ceo-jobs-apple-cash-balance?_s=PM:TECH" target="_hplink">cash holdings are around $73 billion</a>, meaning the U.S. couldn't afford Apple, which is worth around seven times as much as all the cash in the country's coffers. Apple actually has far more cash on hand than the U.S. government: at its most recent earnings announcement, <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/25/technology/thebuzz/index.htm?section=money_topstories" target="_hplink">Apple revealed that it has over $96 billion in the bank</a>.
As of March 2012, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a net worth of <a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/mark-zuckerberg/" target="_hplink">$17.5 billion, according to Forbes</a>. That means it'd take about 31 of him to equal Apple's worth. Apple is also worth more than 8 Bill Gates,<a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/bill-gates/" target="_hplink"> who has a net worth of approximately $61 billion.</a>
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