Apple Leads the Mobile Industry in Profits

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Apple sold 17 million mobile handsets in the first half of 2010, compared with 400 million handsets sold by Nokia , Samsung and LG. Yet it pulled in 39% of the industry’s profit during that period, more than the 32% earned by the world’s three largest handset makers combined.

Fortune estimates that Apple boasts roughly 50% gross margin and 30%+ operating margin for its iPhone products.

Apple leads the industry in every metric except for unit share. To get a sense of the enormity of this disparity you really have to see it in pie chart form.

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