Chart of the day: Apple harvests 60% of mobile profits

March 18, 2014: 10:28 AM ET

Since iPhone, high-end smartphones have been the low-hanging fruit of the mobile market.

Source: Asymco

Source: Asymco

FORTUNE -- Of the 10 charts Asymco's Horace Dediu posted Tuesday in a brief item titled Invaluable, the one at right may be the most striking.

It shows the share of operating profits among the top eight vendors from the sale of  mobile phones -- all mobile phones, smart and dumb -- starting with the 2007 launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone.

Today, he estimates, Apple takes up to 75% of the net profits earned by the big players. "That figure is consistent on an ongoing basis," he adds, "having reached 60% as early as 2011 and remained in a band around that figure since."

In Dediu's global market share charts, by contrast, Apple is dwarfed by Samsung and Other.

LINK: Invaluable

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