Apple, a company best known for its affiliation with U2 and James Corden, had a big announcement yesterday. It’s earnings week, when giant multibillion dollar companies announce how many millions they made during the holiday season. Apple, which sells watches, set-top boxes, and, soon, speakers, revealed that it made a shit tonne of money selling... telephones?
The company, co-founded by Ronald Wayne, made $61.6 billion dollars selling phones this year. Up from $54.4 billion in the same period last year. What was shocking to many was that it made more money despite selling 1-percent fewer phones—from 78.3 million to 77.3 million. Many presume this is because Apple sells a £1,000 phone known as the iPhone X, which can apparently not only let you communicate with your children, but also allow people to potentially steal parts of your face. But this million-phone difference could also be because phones are pretty okay now and you don’t really need a new one.
According to Tim Cook Apple also sold a bunch of Apple Watches. While Apple does not say how many, Cook, in the earnings call, did say the series 3 sold twice the volume of the series 2 and continues to be the best selling smartwatch in the world.