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Apple Research and Development Expense (Quarterly):

2.871B for Dec. 31, 2016
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Apple Historical Research and Development Expense (Quarterly) Data

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Dec. 31, 2016 2.871B
Sept. 30, 2016 2.57B
June 30, 2016 2.56B
March 31, 2016 2.511B
Dec. 31, 2015 2.404B
Sept. 30, 2015 2.22B
June 30, 2015 2.034B
March 31, 2015 1.918B
Dec. 31, 2014 1.895B
Sept. 30, 2014 1.686B
June 30, 2014 1.603B
March 31, 2014 1.422B
Dec. 31, 2013 1.33B
Sept. 30, 2013 1.168B
June 30, 2013 1.178B
March 31, 2013 1.119B
Dec. 31, 2012 1.01B
Sept. 30, 2012 906.00M
June 30, 2012 876.00M
March 31, 2012 841.00M
Dec. 31, 2011 758.00M
Sept. 30, 2011 645.00M
June 30, 2011 628.00M
March 31, 2011 581.00M
Dec. 31, 2010 575.00M
Sept. 30, 2010 494.00M
June 30, 2010 464.00M
March 31, 2010 426.00M
Dec. 31, 2009 398.00M
Sept. 30, 2009 358.00M
June 30, 2009 341.00M
March 31, 2009 319.00M
Dec. 31, 2008 315.00M
Sept. 30, 2008 298.00M
June 30, 2008 292.00M
March 31, 2008 273.00M
Dec. 31, 2007 246.00M
Sept. 30, 2007 207.00M
June 30, 2007 208.00M
March 31, 2007 183.00M
Dec. 31, 2006 184.00M
Sept. 30, 2006 179.00M
June 30, 2006 175.00M
March 31, 2006 176.00M
Dec. 31, 2005 182.00M
Sept. 30, 2005 147.00M
June 30, 2005 145.00M
March 31, 2005 119.00M
Dec. 31, 2004 123.00M
Sept. 30, 2004 124.00M

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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 (Quarterly) Benchmarks

Cisco Systems 1.508B
Intel 3.28B
NVIDIA 394.00M

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

Minimum 876.00M Jun 2012
Maximum 2.871B Dec 2016
Average 1.752B

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

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

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