BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long estimates that the Cupertino giant has snatched an impressive 103.6 percent of all smartphone industry operating profits over the last quarter, the Investor’s Business Daily reports.
The reason Apple’s profit share surpasses the 100 percent mark has to do with other vendors losing money. This in turn results in accumulated profits higher than the industry’s netted overall.
By comparison, the Big A scooped 90 percent of all smartphone profits during last year’s third quarter, Long further remarked.
Among other major manufacturers, Samsung is a distant runner-up with a tiny 0.9 percent market share when it comes to third-quarter operating profits. This is hardly surprising given that the South Korean giant has been recovering from a massive mishap with its fire-catching Galaxy Note 7 flagship phone.
Smartphone shipments have increased to 346 million units in the third quarter, marking a 2.1 percent year-over-year spike. The BMO analyst further predicted that unit shipments will grow at a compound annual rate of 2.6 percent from 2015 to 2019.
Taking into account that Android powers nine out of 10 smartphones sold over the last quarter, Apple’s overwhelming profits seem even more impressive.
The iPhone hysteria is still real.