Apple tops $6bn in quarterly income
'Phenomenal,' says Jobs
One day after saying that he'd would be taking an open-ended medical leave of absence, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that in the recently completed first quarter of his company's fiscal year, net income exceeded $6bn for the first time.
"We had a phenomenal holiday quarter with record Mac, iPhone and iPad sales,” Jobs said in a prepared statement. "We are firing on all cylinders and we've got some exciting things in the pipeline for this year."
The $6bn figure – $6.004bn, if you prefer precision – is especially startling when compared to the same quarter last year, when net income was $3.4bn. Quick math: that's a 78 per cent jump.
Net sales for the quarter, which ended on Christmas day, were $26.7bn, up from $15.7bn in the year-ago quarter – a 70 per cent jump.
During the holiday quarter, Apple sold 4.13 million Macs, a 23 per cent increase, and 16.24 million iPhones, an 86 per cent leap. Another 19.45 million iPods were also snapped up by eager shoppers, a 7 per cent decrease – but, frankly who cares about that slippage, with iPhones taking over music-playing chores for Apple-kit fans?
The "magical and revolutionary" iPad continued to work its revolutionary magic on Cupertino's bottom line, with 7.33 million sold in the quarter. ®
There are also a reasonable number of people who know a great deal about what makes high end tech tick, have grown out of their adolescent tinkering phase and just want something that does what it's supposed to do allowing them to focus on more important things.
The sheer number of narrow-minded, polar opinions expressed here never ceases to amaze me. Wouldn't you lot be better off posting your diatribes on The Inq?
Is that you Steve?
You're off one day and you're not following doctor's order already. "Unconstrained creativity and foresight" was a dead giveaway.
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Personally, I think they'd be better off doing these "IT jobs" they keep going on about, but I'm not paying their wages. I come here for my tea breaks, but 'Wraith404', above us, has sat here and posted... well, let's count them, one, two, three... four comments... one after another - each one more inane than the one before it! He seems to be one of these people who believes you can alter reality, by writing down the things you want to be true, and then hiding them in different places. Fortunately, it doesn't seem to be working - since, let's face it, it would be a pretty banal reality!
I think Apple's sales figures reflect the fact that - now that it has finally broken out of the straight jacket of desktop computing - IT is about to get a whole lot bigger and more diverse, than the ones who have been trying to hold things back and cling to their bottom lines, this last decade and more, could ever have foreseen. The figures only serve to show Apple's competitors the direction in which their own sales must go, if they are to remain relevant.