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The iPhone now pulls in more money than Microsoft’s entire business

Apple’s (AAPL) stock is soaring ahead of the company’s sixth-generation iPhone launch, and while its market capitalization is now well over double that of rival Microsoft (MSFT), Forbes on Sunday pulled an interesting snippet from a recent Vanity Fair piece. In the first calendar quarter of 2012, Apple’s revenue of $39.2 billion more than doubled Microsoft’s $17.41 billion in sales. The far more impressive stat, as the site noted, is that Apple took in $22.7 billion during the March quarter just from iPhone sales — meaning a single Apple product was responsible for 30% more revenue than Microsoft’s entire business. Apple’s “iPhone 5” is expected to launch next month and analysts are tripping over themselves to find new ways to call it the biggest product launch in Apple history. It will be interesting to revisit this revenue comparison after the holiday quarter, when Apple will launch the new iPhone and Microsoft will finally release its next-generation Windows 8 operating system.

[Via The Loop]

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Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.