In a notable shift in the tech industry, Microsoft has recently overtaken Apple to become the world’s most valuable public company by market value. According to a MacRumors article, Apple’s share price experienced a slight drop of just one percent, allowing Microsoft to edge ahead with a market value of $2.87 trillion.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has surpassed Apple since 2018. They previously took the lead in 2020 and 2021, partly due to concerns about supply chain shortages impacting Apple and the boost in remote working enhancing Microsoft’s standing. Over the past year, Microsoft’s backing of artificial intelligence tools, particularly its support for OpenAI, has played a significant role in increasing its market value. Meanwhile, Apple has been noticeably absent from equivalent AI offerings.
Apple’s sales results in its November earnings report missed expectations, with lower demand for iPads and wearables, and a significant drop in Mac revenue compared to the previous year. The upcoming response to Apple’s Vision Pro headset is yet to be seen, but expectations are relatively low due to its high price point and modest sales forecasts.
Interestingly, by the close of the regular trading day, Apple had retaken the top spot with a market capitalization of $2.89 trillion compared to Microsoft’s $2.86 trillion. However, the market values of both companies remain close, suggesting they may continue to swap places in the future.