Apple Spent $3.4 Billion For R&D, Hired 12,400 In 2012

Posted Nov 1, 2012

According to a 10-K that Apple filed with the SEC, the company has spent $3.4 billion in research and development for the 2012 fiscal year.  This is up $1 billion from 2011.  Apple also hired 12,400 to their staff.  Apple’s research and development has done a massive jump this year.  Let’s study the numbers even further.

Between 2010 and 2011, Apple’s research and development spending grew only $600,000.  Between 2009 and 2010, Apple’s research and development grew only by $500,000.  The increase in R&D may be largely due to the complexity of the iPhone 5’s design.  Apple also announced the A6 during the year, which is the first processor designed in-house.

This year Apple announced the first Retina MacBook Pro in 13-inches and 15-inches.  A lot of the research was done beforehand, but the increase in R&D may also mean that Apple has some kick-ass products coming in the near future.