The Insightful Troll

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Starving the Competition

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Harmeet Singh Walia for Counterpoint:

Apple has been the biggest profit and revenue generator in the handset business. In Q2 2021, it captured 75% of the overall handset market operating profit and 40% of the revenue despite contributing a relatively moderate 13% to global handset shipments. While this performance shows the power of the Apple brand, it is still lower than the peak of Q4 2020 when its revenue share reached a staggering 50%, up from 28% in Q3 2020, and its profit share reached an unprecedented 86%, up from 51% in the previous quarter. While there was a significant jump in its shipment share, from 9% to 17% in the same period, the extent of its revenue share reflects the success of its first 5G-enabled iPhone series.

I don’t think I have ever heard of any company dominating its competitors in such a manor. Apple is effectively starving its competitors form R&D money and limiting their capability to innovate - effectively starving them out of the market.