We’ve had the talk about the reported miniature iPad, we seem to have gotten over the physical Apple television set rumors and we have had our fair share of the Apple versus Samsung discussions so with the company looking likely to announce the next-generation release of their popular smartphone, it must be time to turn focus back onto the iPhone. Thanks to unprecedented interest in the possible specifications of the release, the iPhone is very rarely out of the media, which is something that has obviously paid off for Apple when you consider the staggering statistic that we are about to talk about.

Apple aren’t just the company that makes the iPhone. They also have the iPod touch, the iPad and an extremely powerful range of high-end Mac machines that are successful in their own right and classed as products that form the upper end of their individual markets. With that said, it is the iPhone that forms the basis of the amazing statistic that shows the product generates higher sales than the combined total of all of Microsoft’s products and services.

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If you told me that the iPhone sales were higher than the combined sales of some other run of the mill, moderately successful company. then I wouldn’t be as surprised as I am but we are talking about Microsoft and talking about sales of Windows, the Office suite of applications, the Xbox gaming console, the emerging Windows Phone mobile operating system and the revenue that their Bing search engine provides. In fact, as Forbes points outs, we are talking about every single Microsoft product that has been created since 1975.

One Apple product, something that didn’t exist five years ago, has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer. More than Windows, Office, Xbox, Bing, Windows Phone, and every other product that Microsoft has created since 1975. In the quarter ended March 31, 2012, iPhone had sales of $22.7 billion; Microsoft Corporation, $17.4 billion.

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It might seem a little hard to believe, but the figures speak for themselves. For the first financial quarter of 2012, the iPhone had shipped enough units to bring in total sales of $22.7 billion, with Microsoft bringing in $17.4 billion across the company. It is worth noting that it is an extremely difficult task to attempt to compare the worth of the iPhone against Microsoft as one is a product of a company and well, the other is an entire company with multiple products. Although Apple have numerous other successful products and are the worlds richest company, the bottom line is that their iPhone sales are currently more than the whole of Microsoft. Remarkable.

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