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.