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Apple continues to add to its war chest, sells record numbers of iPhones

It's beginning to become a broken record when reporting on Apple's quarterly earnings, but the boys from Cupertino have done it again. Apple today announced its earnings for fiscal Q1 2012 and the results are as usual very impressive.
 
The company reported net profit of $13.06 billion on revenue of $46.33 billion ($13.87 per diluted share). Profit for fiscal Q1 2012 was more than double that of fiscal Q1 2011, while gross margins came in at 44.7 percent compared to 38.5 percent a year ago.
 
“We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”

 
As for product sales numbers, Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones during the quarter (a 128 percent increase) and 15.43 million iPads (a 111 percent increase). The company's Mac sales also saw an increase, but "only" saw a 24 percent increase year-over-year to 5.2 million units.
 
Apple iPods, however, continue their downward spiral in this age of digital convergence. Sales of the portable music players were down 21 percent to 15.4 million units.


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RE: Apple are doomed :)
By Tony Swash on 1/24/2012 7:42:23 PM , Rating: -1
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Another perspective:

Apple's products are significantly overpriced vs Google's.

Apple's products are significantly overpriced vs Microsoft's.

Apple's iPads are significantly overpriced vs Windows PCs.

All iOS devices cannot do what a computer can.


Incidentally it is impossible to compare Apple and Google products in terms of price because they have almost no product overlap. Apple make computer devices and sells digital content whilst Google sells advertising (source of 95% of it's income).

Similarly if one compares the limited range of Microsoft products to similar Apple products you will find that MacOSX is considerably cheaper that Windows and iWorks is very much cheaper than Office. One of Apple's more delightfully clever manoeuvres has been to drive down the price of software thus kicking Microsoft hard in the nuts. Just wait and see what Microsoft will be able to charge for the tablet version of Windows 8 or Office in order to make Windows tablets competitive and see what that does to its bottom line :)


RE: Apple are doomed :)
By simsony on 1/25/2012 2:10:36 AM , Rating: 1
Oh dear... you started the comparison. Because it is a device it is OK to overprice? Is that your logic?

iWorks is a far cry from Office. iWorks is a little better than MS Works.

MacOSX is cheap because you pay for it in HW (and lower specs).

Didn't hear of any new discount on Office pricing. Hell earnings grew for an incumbent business product. Did you?

Sensible arguments please. Yes they are making money. But because of good marketing and branding. iPhone 4S is pretty much the same phone. All the real specs have been on Android's for a while. And the Apple A5 is made by Samsung. Not just fabbed but designed. You want fabless you go to TSMC.

PS: I almost want Apple to fail. Out of curiosity. I wonder how you'd spin that. No SJ is what I'm betting on.


RE: Apple are doomed :)
By Tony Swash on 1/25/12, Rating: 0
RE: Apple are doomed :)
By nafhan on 1/25/2012 4:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
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nobody can beat iPad or Macbook Air on price without comprising on quality
That statement is at the very least misleading. Manufacturers can "compromise" in a number of areas that don't affect "quality". For instance, I'm perfectly happy to have a plastic shell and a TFT screen on my laptop if that means I save $600 - $700. To you that may be "compromising on quality" to me and many others it's "stuff that I don't want to pay $600 for".
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If you really think that... all that can be explained as being the result of just 'marketing and and branding'
"Just marketing and branding"??? We're talking about retail sales here. With proper marketing and branding you can sell millions of dollars in rocks - as pets! Marketing and branding is a huge deal, and just about any company on earth would kill for Apple's brand image. It's absolutely one of the main reasons for Apple's success. I actually have a hard time understanding how you don't see that...


RE: Apple are doomed :)
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/25/2012 4:46:22 PM , Rating: 1
He doesn't see it because he's blind to reality. Everything in his brain is correct and you wrong. It's as simple as that.


RE: Apple are doomed :)
By tayb on 1/25/2012 6:43:15 PM , Rating: 2
Branding is a big deal for Apple but it is definitely not the only reason for their success.

I have yet to find a comparable Windows laptop that offered me the same size, weight, durability, and most importantly battery life of a Macbook Air. Samsung has a really nice 13" Series 9 notebook... but it's more expensive than the MBA and the jury is still out on battery life.

I work as a SE and when my company offered to buy me a notebook for travel to Philadelphia I selected a MBA. I also assembled my own desktop and own a Droid X. To you though, I'm a sheep, because I made a choice to buy a laptop that was thin, light, durable, and provided me 8+ hours of battery life.


RE: Apple are doomed :)
By nafhan on 1/26/2012 9:23:41 AM , Rating: 2
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Branding is a big deal for Apple but it is definitely not the only reason for their success.
Which is why I didn't say that...

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I have yet to find a comparable Windows laptop...
If your computer needs line up perfectly with what you can get in a Macbook Air, it's actually a pretty good deal, not contesting that. However, some people (I would even say most), have more modest or just different computing needs.

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blah, blah, To you though, I'm a sheep, because I made a choice, blah, blah
Nope. At worst, I might think you're kind of jerk for thinking you understand my thought process. :) Anyway, you're talking about a situation where battery life is likely the number one concern and someone else is paying. In that situation, I'd probably get a MBA, too...


RE: Apple are doomed :)
By TakinYourPoints on 1/26/2012 2:08:11 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
That statement is at the very least misleading. Manufacturers can "compromise" in a number of areas that don't affect "quality". For instance, I'm perfectly happy to have a plastic shell and a TFT screen on my laptop if that means I save $600 - $700. To you that may be "compromising on quality" to me and many others it's "stuff that I don't want to pay $600 for".


The thing is that other companies can't compete on price if they use comparable components in similar form factors.

As it stands, I prefer to have quality components outside of just CPU and GPU. The only LCDs I've used with my desktop PCs are IPS, and my keyboards are mechanical. They cost more, sure, but I much prefer them to less expensive TN panels and membrane keyboards, same with cases that make for excellent builds. Corsair and Silverstone cases cost more than most but they're also really well made and easy to build in.

A lot of the time you get what you pay for. In the case of Apple notebooks, you get a great balance of weight, chassis size, battery life, keyboard, the absolute best trackpad out there, and great displays. If you don't want to pay up, fine, there are loads of other options out there. I don't see the point badmouthing Apple for not compromising on the overall package though, those things are great if you value them.

I don't think they are superfluous either, the last thing I want to compromise on are displays, can't handle bad ones.


RE: Apple are doomed :)
By Pirks on 1/25/2012 7:54:20 PM , Rating: 1
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nobody can beat the iPad on price without comprising on quality
Lies. Playbook did that when prices dropped. It was same quality as iPad if not higher (more compact and light is higher quality in my book) but costed same $499+, now it's down to $200+ or so, so it beats the shit out of iPad price-wise while being better in many regards quality wise. I know this because I used both and you as an Apple fan who never used Playbook should not be trusted on this. You just lie about this, you can't be objective, alas ;)
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Apple is still driving down software prices and has established a new inexpensive model for phone and tablet apps and that is a kick in the nuts for companies that only essentially make money from software, such as Microsoft
This is fine, I don't think MS is really worried about this, they'll let Apple to sell crappy software for cheap and they'll make better software and will sell it for higher price.

So far they were able to fend off cheap open source MS Office-like clone crap with better and more expensive products, I don't see the reason why they can't do the same with Apple's software. For instance, the native Windows media players always beat the crap out of Apple's iTunes software quality and stability/speed wise.

I mean, man, why would MS worry about Apple producing cheapo crap sofwtare and expensive hardware when it's totally NOT the MS turf? It's like a totally different market that does not overlap with MS taget audience. MS users are people preferring quality software on cheap hardware (all the enterpise users are like that), the Apple users are the opposite, they'd prefer crappy software but on a trendy hardware that has decent usability and build quality. Granted, the Apple software matured somewhat and is not a piece of stink it used to be a few years ago but MS was not standing still either. Did you read how Windows Phone smoked all its competitors at CES? Including iPhione 4S and Galaxy Nexus. Watch this and maybe your Apple zealotry will subsisde a little: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE0328D93355...

88% win rate for WP7, and after this you're telling me that MS should be worried? Just when WP7 smoked the crap out of latest iPhone and Android handsets? Tony, are you even serious? :)))
quote:
Either way Microsoft's old software pricing system, the system that underpins it's core revenue streams, is fucked
No, I think fucked are the people who seriously think enterprise computing, HPC, cloud et cetera are all gonna move to smartphones and tablets. Stop smoking crack Tony


RE: Apple are doomed :)
By DeluxeTea on 1/25/2012 11:44:26 PM , Rating: 1
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So what? Apple is still driving down software prices and has established a new inexpensive model for phone and tablet apps and that is a kick in the nuts for companies that only essentially make money from software, such as Microsoft. In order to keep Office the industry standard it has been in the past Microsoft has to either sell an iOS version (in which case it will have to enter the low price ecosystem of iOS apps with a low price version of Office) or lower it's OS and Office pricing norms for the tablet version of Windows 8 so that OEMs manage to set a competitive price for Windows 8 tablets and thus sell so many that it can compete with iPad sales. Either way Microsoft's old software pricing system, the system that underpins it's core revenue streams, is fucked. Nice one Apple.

Apple beating Microsoft in software? What the hell are you smoking? Unless most corporations adopt Apple software en masse, Apple can't do shit against Microsoft's offerings. But that won't happen, since going Apple requires a huge investment in hardware - most Apple software only work on Apple products.

If Open Office (which is free last time I checked) can't beat MS Office, what chance does Apple have?

Apple is fucked, software and corporate-wise.


RE: Apple are doomed :)
By trajan24 on 2/17/2012 9:19:23 PM , Rating: 2
You must be dumber than a rock. Apple's growth rate has beaten the PC industry for 23 straight quarters. All their trajectories are up, and they have iphone 5 coming which will be a monster. Apple makes MORE than 50% of ALL the smartphone profits the industry produces.
They are making serious inroads in the corporate world as well.


RE: Apple are doomed :)
By nightscooter on 1/25/2012 2:14:24 AM , Rating: 1
I don’t mean to pry but for curiosity’s sake how many words per minute can you type with one hand on your tool?


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