Apple Inc., the renowned tech giant, has reached a significant financial milestone, with its market capitalization closing at approximately $3 trillion. This achievement came after its stock witnessed a 2% increase, settling at $193.42 per share on Tuesday. The company had previously attained the $3 trillion mark during intraday trading in December 2022 and officially crossed this threshold for the first time in June. Notably, Apple’s stock hit its peak on July 31 and continues to be the most valuable publicly traded U.S. company.
The surge in Apple’s market value is seen as a testament to its enduring appeal. In the current year, the stock price has escalated by over 48%, despite the company actively reducing its total share count through buybacks. Investors view Apple as a robust entity with substantial cash flow, a global reach for its products, and strong programs for shareholder return. This perception remains steadfast even as Apple navigates through challenges such as slowing growth and market issues, particularly in China.
For fiscal 2023, which began in October, Apple reported total revenue of $383.29 billion, marking a slight decrease of around 3% from the previous year. Additionally, the company cautioned in November that it might not see annual revenue growth in its critical December quarter, which is the first full quarter to include sales of the iPhone 15. Looking ahead, Apple plans to launch the Vision Pro virtual reality headset next year.
This product represents its first major new computing platform since the debut of the Apple Watch in 2014. The recent release of the iPhone 15, featuring the A16 Chip, Dynamic Island, a 48-megapixel camera, and a USB-C charger, replacing the long-used lightning charger, underscores Apple’s ongoing innovation. These models, including the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus starting at $799, as well as the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, continue to attract consumer interest globally.