Apple Research and development expenses (quarterly)

Research & Development (R&D) Costs of Apple Inc. 2015- 2019.

Apple is a leading technology company with a strong presence in the computing and smartphone industry. As the level of competition in the technology industry has grown, so has the focus of brands on research and innovation. Technology giants including Apple are investing billions in the development of new products and services. Find out from the tables below how much Apple invested each quarter in R&D from 2015 to the most recent quarter of 2020. 

FY 2020R&D Expenses (millions)

During the first three quarters of 2020, Apple has already spent more than $13.7 billion on research and development. In the latest fiscal, its R&D expenses are expected to grow higher than $18 billion.

The tables below show the quarterly R&D expenses of Apple from 2015 to 2019.

FY 2015R&D Costs (Millions)
Q1 $1,895
Q2 $1,918
Q3 $2,034
Total $8,067
FY2016R&D Costs (Millions)
 Q1 $2,404
Q2  $2,511
 Q4 $2,570
 Total $10,045
FY2017R&D Costs (millions)
Q1 $2,871
Q2 $2,776
Q3 $2,937
Total $11,581 
FY2018R&D Costs (Millions)
 Q1 $3,407
 Q2 $3,378
 Q3 $3,701
 Q4 $3,750
 Total $14,236 
FY2019R&D Costs (millions)
 Q1 $3,902
 Q2 $3,948
 Q3 $4,257
Q4  $4,110
 Total $16,217

Apple R&D Expenses 2018 v 2019.

During the first three quarters of 2019, the research and development expenses of Apple Inc grew by around 15% compared to the last year. Nine months ended June 29, 2019, Apple’s R&D expenses were $12.1 billion compared to $10.5 billion during the same period in 2018. Total research and development expenses of Apple Inc were around 14% higher for the fiscal 2019 compared to last year. In 2019, Apple Inc spent $16.22 billion on research and development compared to $14.24 billion in 2018.

Apple is a leading brand of computing products and smartphone devices. Apart from them, it also manufactures and sells a large range of related software, services, accessories, and third-party digital content and applications. Its range of products and services includes iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods, Apple TV, HomePod, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS operating systems, iCloud, Apple Pay and more accessories, services and support offerings. Apple also sells and delivers digital content and applications through the iTunes Store, App Store, Mac App Store, TV App Store, Book Store, and Apple Music. The company uses a mix of direct and indirect distribution channels for the sales of its products. In 2018, it achieved 29% of its sales through direct channels and 71% through the indirect channels. Net sales of the company in FY2018 reached 265.6 Billion dollars and Net Income 59.5 billion dollars.