60% of Apple sales from products that did not exist three years ago [CHART]

Analysis by Asymco reveals the stunning fact that 60% of Apple's revenue for its record quarterly result, announced yesterday, was from products that did not even exist three years ago.

Asymco's graph quite literally tells the story.

NBR notes that although iPad sales "disappointed" yesterday, in that they were not to investors' inter-stellar expecations (leading to a 7% share drop), the tablet is actually making its mark pretty darn fast. 

The industry analysis site also reminds people that, before 2001, the orange band was all that Apple had (click chart for larger view; all amounts in $US):


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The history of new technology is a wasteland littered with naysayers, cynics and killjoys.

Prior to the web browser, there were text browsers so separate software had to be downloaded to open pictures. No click of the mouse.

In New Zealand at that time Wellington City council library staff posted photos of a glorious Wellington which you are only ever likely to see on one day of the year. Some of the few photographs that were available globally for public download. Were these pioneers every recognised I wonder?

Brian Harmer in Hutt City started a news service which has survived the years. His news was prefaced by a beautiful description the Hutt Valley. I tried to nominate him for a civic award but was ignored. In fact the information officer at the time used the term web mistress instead of web master to describe the person looking after their website. Perhaps PC but I have not seen that term used before. Perhaps there are no manholes in the Hutt just person holes. I gave up after that.

Now the ipad attracts its critics and everything it hasn’t got is highlighted rather than its advantages. Fair enough but I still see it as the future. Pictures viewed from the web are crystal clear, the elderly can increase font size on eBooks owing to failing eyesight, the weather, exchange rate, stock market and news are all available at a press of an app.

It reminds me when Mosaic the first and free web browser was introduced and Bill Gates said it had no future. Six months later he changed his mind and browsers have been free ever since .The rest is history.

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hear! hear! Sir!

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