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Apple Research and Development Expense (TTM):

6.606B for Dec. 31, 2014

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Dec. 31, 2014 6.606B
Sept. 30, 2014 6.041B
June 30, 2014 5.523B
March 31, 2014 5.098B
Dec. 31, 2013 4.795B
Sept. 30, 2013 4.475B
June 30, 2013 4.213B
March 31, 2013 3.911B
Dec. 31, 2012 3.633B
Sept. 30, 2012 3.381B
June 30, 2012 3.12B
March 31, 2012 2.872B
Dec. 31, 2011 2.612B
Sept. 30, 2011 2.429B
June 30, 2011 2.278B
March 31, 2011 2.114B
Dec. 31, 2010 1.959B
Sept. 30, 2010 1.782B
June 30, 2010 1.646B
March 31, 2010 1.523B
Dec. 31, 2009 1.416B
Sept. 30, 2009 1.333B
June 30, 2009 1.273B
March 31, 2009 1.224B
Dec. 31, 2008 1.178B
Sept. 30, 2008 1.109B
June 30, 2008 1.018B
March 31, 2008 934.00M
Dec. 31, 2007 844.00M
Sept. 30, 2007 782.00M
June 30, 2007 754.00M
March 31, 2007 721.00M
Dec. 31, 2006 714.00M
Sept. 30, 2006 712.00M
June 30, 2006 680.00M
March 31, 2006 650.00M
Dec. 31, 2005 593.00M
Sept. 30, 2005 534.00M
June 30, 2005 511.00M
March 31, 2005 491.00M
Dec. 31, 2004 495.00M
Sept. 30, 2004 491.00M
June 30, 2004 478.00M
March 31, 2004 473.00M
Dec. 31, 2003 469.00M
Sept. 30, 2003 471.00M
June 30, 2003 476.00M
March 31, 2003 462.00M
Dec. 31, 2002 454.00M
Sept. 30, 2002 446.00M

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About R&D Expense

R&D expenses are a line item from many companies' income statements.

R&D expense (short for research and development expense) is essentially the amount of money that a company spends to develop new products and services each year. For example, if a pharmaceutical firm hires research scientists to develop new drugs, the salaries of these researchers will generally be expensed in the R&D expense category.

Like marketing expenses, but unlike capital expenditures, R&D expenses are subtracted from revenues every year directly. Therefore, accountants treat R&D spending as an expense rather than as an investment, though there is continuous debate over whether this is the correct classification.

An investor looking at companies with large R&D expenditures should think hard about whether a single company's R&D spending is an expense (like buying rubber to produce tires) or whether it is an investment (like buying machinery to produce tires more efficiently). Determining the answer to that question can have a large impact on how the company is valued.
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AAPL Research and Development Expense (TTM) Benchmarks

Companies 792.92M
Qualcomm 5.501B
Oracle 5.436B

AAPL Research and Development Expense (TTM) Range, Past 5 Years

Minimum 1.646B Jun 2010
Maximum 6.606B Dec 2014
Average 3.605B

AAPL Research and Development Expense (TTM) Excel Add-In Codes

  • Metric Code: r_and_d_expense_ttm
  • Latest data point: =YCP("AAPL", "r_and_d_expense_ttm")
  • Last 5 data points: =YCS("AAPL", "r_and_d_expense_ttm", -4)

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