In the past six months, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)'s stock has fallen about 30%, numerous articles questioning Apple's direction have appeared, and hedge fund manager and investor David Einhorn filed a lawsuit against the company. But in 2012, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) sold a boatload of phones and tablets, it generated gobs of money from its retail stores, and it grew its already huge pile of cash even bigger. Apple's stock may be slipping, but these numbers show the company's still moving in the right direction.
Shipping like there's no tomorrow Earlier this week, Strategy Analytics released a reportshowing Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) took the No. 1 and No. 2 spot for most smartphone units shipped in Q4 2012. Samsung came in third place, arguably a distant third considering its Galaxy S III didn't topple the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S.
Here's how sales panned out for both companies the last quarter of 2012:
The Galaxy S III was the world's best-selling phone in Q3 of last year, but quickly lost that spot in the fourth quarter. Total iPhone shipments accounted for one in five of all global smartphones shipped in Q4 2012. With Samsung launching its new Galaxy S IV next month, it has a new chance to topple Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)'s top spot (though Samsung will have to leapfrog two spots to accomplish that goal).
Snatching up tech revenue When it comes to tech revenue, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung continue to battle it out -- but Apple has the upper hand. NPD Group released a report a few weeks ago showing U.S. tech consumers prefer to spend their money on tablets and smartphones with an apple on the back.
Stacks and stacks Perhaps the most impressive of all of AAPL's figures is its enormous pile of cash. The company has $137 billion in its coffers right now, and $47 billion in free cash flow has come in the past year alone. Apple's cash figure can be hard number to visualize, so let's look at a chart to compare Apple's current cash amount with PC-maker HP's revenue from 2012.