Apple TV Business Generated $1 Billion in 2013, Cook Says 'Difficult to Call It a Hobby'

During Apple's annual stockholders meeting in Cupertino today, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple sold more than $1 billion worth of its Apple TV set-top box in 2013, putting sales at close to 10 million units for the year.

This is a roughly double the 5 million it sold in fiscal 2012, which was double its Apple TV sales in 2011. Cook has traditionally called the Apple TV a "hobby", but said today that "it's a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days". Horace Dediu created a chart showing the impressive growth of Apple TV sales over the past several years, making it the fastest growing device in Apple's hardware lineup.

apple_tv_2012_interface
It has been repeatedly rumored that Apple is working on an improved set-top box and also a full-fledged television set. A new set-top box is expected to be introduced in the next couple of months, though it's unclear when the device itself would go on sale. A recent report said Apple would be introducing an SDK for Apple TV application development with an accompanying App Store launching to the public later in 2014.

Apple also launched a sale on the Apple TV at the company's online and retail outlets in the U.S., giving out a $25 iTunes Gift Card with purchase of the $99 device -- an unusual move for the company which only rarely offers sales on its devices.

Update 11:21AM: Re/code's Peter Kafka says the $1 billion number includes content sales on the Apple TV box, including movie rentals and TV show purchases.

Related Roundup: Apple TV
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Caution)

Top Rated Comments

addictive Avatar
132 months ago
Something is coming soon

Would the CEO talk on the Apple TV and talk it up (a $1 billion business on it own) if it wasn't leading somewhere soon?

Most of us will be disappointed in whatever Apple releases as the next version because many Macrumours fans believe it to be a magic box full of potential. However, Apples hands are tied due to content restrictions and cable companies.

I'd like to see the Apple TV have a 32GB SSD and a router combined - I'd like it to be able to run iOS games and a UI overhaul. At WWDC I'd like the company to open up the Apple TV to developers. I can't think it there would be huge amounts of apps worth downloading like on the iPhone and iPad but I do think some developers could make some extraordinary apps.

The WWE channel is very much a sign of things to come in the future.

Clearly "content is king" remains the mantra for all of broadcasting.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
clcnyc Avatar
132 months ago
Omg

Enough already!!! Just release it!! I'm tired of getting c*ck-teased with these headlines, only to find it being another speculation or quote from an analyst!
I know...first world problems. :rolleyes:
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bpeeps Avatar
132 months ago
I am pretty much just dying for a real Apple TV at this point. I need somebody to slay Time Comcast.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brianvictor7 Avatar
132 months ago
I use my AppleTV almost as much as my iMac! Love it! Can't wait to see what is coming!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gnasher729 Avatar
132 months ago
Sounds like BS. As I understand, the problem is with passing data from Level 3 to Comcast. It's not like AppleTV boxes are connected directly to Level 3 network.

You must sooooo hate it when someone says something positive about Apple.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tknelson Avatar
132 months ago
Do you honestly think anyone on Wall Street is going to be impressed with that $1 billion business? C'mon. That would move Apple's overall needle about .01%. As soon as they announced that lackluster figure, Apple share price immediately went limp. I doubt even a $10 billion business would move Apple's share price up appreciably. We not talking about an unlimited growth potential company like Google. Every venture that Apple will ever do in the future has already been priced into the stock. I'm not going to buy an AppleTV until it has approved PLEX support although I might consider it if it plays off-the-shelf iOS games. So far, everything Apple does is only succeeding in driving the share price down further. And things never go well for Apple stock when Tim Cook starts with his "Apple will soon yada yada..." speech. :mad:

Why on earth do people say such moronic things?

$1 Billion is 0.01% of 10 TRILLION dollars. With annual revenues at around 150 Billion, you are off by almost two orders of magnitude.

… and when you say $10 Billion would also be tiny, that's not so much less than iPad revenues in 2012. Are you saying the iPad hasn't contributed to the share price?

Stocks are down today: this news has nothing to do with the share price today.

Oh yeah… and the Easter Bunny isn't real.

Anything else I can help you get a clue about?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iOS 18 Siri Integrated Feature

iOS 18 Will Add These New Features to Your iPhone

Friday April 12, 2024 11:11 am PDT by
iOS 18 is expected to be the "biggest" update in the iPhone's history. Below, we recap rumored features and changes for the iPhone. iOS 18 is rumored to include new generative AI features for Siri and many apps, and Apple plans to add RCS support to the Messages app for an improved texting experience between iPhones and Android devices. The update is also expected to introduce a more...
iGBA Feature

Game Boy Emulator for iPhone Now Available in App Store Following Rule Change [Removed]

Sunday April 14, 2024 8:06 am PDT by
A week after Apple updated its App Review Guidelines to permit retro game console emulators, a Game Boy emulator for the iPhone called iGBA has appeared in the App Store worldwide. The emulator is already one of the top free apps on the App Store charts. It was not entirely clear if Apple would allow emulators to work with all and any games, but iGBA is able to load any Game Boy ROMs that...
top stories 13apr2024

Top Stories: M4 Mac Roadmap Leaked, New iPads in Second Week of May, and More

Saturday April 13, 2024 6:00 am PDT by
Apple's hardware roadmap was in the news this week, with things hopefully firming up for a launch of updated iPad Pro and iPad Air models next month while we look ahead to the other iPad models and a full lineup of M4-based Macs arriving starting later this year. We also heard some fresh rumors about iOS 18, due to be unveiled at WWDC in a couple of months, while we took a look at how things ...
new best buy blue

Best Buy Opens Up Sitewide Sale With Record Low Prices on M3 MacBook Air, iPad, and Much More

Saturday April 13, 2024 7:41 am PDT by
Best Buy this weekend has a big sale on Apple MacBooks and iPads, including new all-time low prices on the M3 MacBook Air, alongside the best prices we've ever seen on MacBook Pro, iPad, and more. Some of these deals require a My Best Buy Plus or My Best Buy Total membership, which start at $49.99/year. In addition to exclusive access to select discounts, you'll get free 2-day shipping, an...
iGBA Feature

Apple Removes Game Boy Emulator iGBA From App Store Due to Spam and Copyright Violations

Sunday April 14, 2024 9:22 pm PDT by
Apple today said it removed Game Boy emulator iGBA from the App Store for violating the company's App Review Guidelines related to spam (section 4.3) and copyright (section 5.2), but it did not provide any specific details. iGBA was a copycat version of developer Riley Testut's open-source GBA4iOS app. The emulator rose to the top of the App Store charts following its release this weekend,...
iOS 18 Siri Integrated Feature

Apple's First AI Features in iOS 18 Reportedly Won't Use Cloud Servers

Sunday April 14, 2024 9:52 am PDT by
Apple's first set of new AI features planned for iOS 18 will not rely on cloud servers at all, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. "As the world awaits Apple's big AI unveiling on June 10, it looks like the initial wave of features will work entirely on device," said Gurman, in the Q&A section of his Power On newsletter today. "That means there's no cloud processing component to the...