Apple’s first big order – $50,000 – arrived when co-founder Steve Wozniak was still employed with Hewlett-Packard. They had to supply 100 fully built computers. The order value was twice Steve Wozniak’s salary at Hewlett-Packard.
As of January 8, 2015, App developers have earned $25 billion which translates to almost $11 billion for Apple - the company takes 30% of the total revenue. Now when you think about it, Apple simply provides a platform for the third party developers - No storage costs, no R&D - and gets billions! [more...]