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Apple sold 27 million iPhones during the quarter, which was better than analyst estimates

Apple has been on a new product assault for the past few months. Things kicked off with the iPhone 5 launch in September and culminated this week with the announcement of a fourth generation iPad, the iPad mini, new iMacs, and a new 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Now, Apple has released its earnings for Q4 and the company recorded $36 billion versus analyst estimates of $35.80 billion. Net profit for the quarter came in at $8.2 billion. Earnings per share (EPS) rang in at $8.67 versus analyst estimates of $8.75 per share.
Numbers were up across the board compared to the same period last year when the company announced earnings, profit, and EPS of $28.3 billion, $6.6 billion, and $7.05 respectively.
During the quarter, the company sold 26.9 million iPhones (53 percent growth from a year ago), 14 million iPads (26 percent growth), and 4.9 million Macs (one percent growth). Apple’s iPod numbers continue their downward slide with quarterly sales of 5.3 million units (a 19 percent decline from a year ago).
“We’re very proud to end a fantastic fiscal year with record September quarter results,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re entering this holiday season with the best iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod products ever, and we remain very confident in our new product pipeline.”

Source: Apple

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RE: big numbers
By retrospooty on 10/25/2012 6:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
Here... You can mix facts and blind hate...

Apple is highly profitable. The reason is they do make good products that alot of people want. They are generally priced high with a great profit margin. This goes right along with what we have been saying all along. With Apple you generally pay more and get less. Apple is great for investors and Apple's owners, but for consumers, its not such a good deal.

I'd rather pay less and get more with Windows and Android.

RE: big numbers
By Reclaimer77 on 10/25/2012 6:25:08 PM , Rating: 2
I still think (I'm not the only one) that something fishy is going on with these earnings reports. But time will tell.

These growth rates are, frankly, unbelievable.

RE: big numbers
By TakinYourPoints on 10/25/2012 6:44:52 PM , Rating: 2
Why? The growth rate for Android handsets has been going up at a similar rate. The only difference is that it is a collection of companies for Android while Apple is just one, but the growth rates are similar. The other thing is that we are nowhere near the ceiling of smartphone adoption, not even close. This sort of growth in phones still has legs.

While the tide has been rising for the smartphone market, there have also been losers. The companies this has been at the expense of are Blackberry, Nokia, and Microsoft, as well as some Android handset manufacturers like HTC and Motorola. We'll see how they do next year.

The only place Apple is really ahead of everyone else is in tablet sales. They'll have sold (not just shipped) over 100 million tablets before the end of the year. It is a style of domination like what happened with the iPod, but we'll see if the Surface or the Fire or something else starts to carve its own piece of the market.

RE: big numbers
By Tony Swash on 10/25/2012 7:35:31 PM , Rating: 1
The only place Apple is really ahead of everyone else is in tablet sales.

…and in actually making profits surely. Only Samsung makes any money out of Android.

RE: big numbers
By BSMonitor on 10/26/2012 9:29:49 AM , Rating: 2
Well you and your friends in the bubble love a good conspiracy by the left...

RE: big numbers
By TheDoc9 on 10/26/2012 11:00:02 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, there's something going on. When there's so much money involved someone's lining their pockets and manipulating the stock.

RE: big numbers
By TakinYourPoints on 10/25/2012 6:30:50 PM , Rating: 2
I still don't see how better applications and faster hardware equates to "less". "Different" is fine, since some people's preferences lie with things like keyboards, bigger screens, and SD card slots at the expense of those other things, but again, that's different. Tradeoffs, not less.

RE: big numbers
By retrospooty on 10/25/2012 10:16:38 PM , Rating: 2
Its less because of the amazingly long list of things it lacks. Slightly better app support and a temporary win in CPU benchies doesnt make up for it. In 3 to 4 months several new chipsets will be out, and Apple will have another 6 or 7 months to go before a refresh.

RE: big numbers
By TakinYourPoints on 10/25/2012 10:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
The amazingly long list of things it lacks (for you: removable battery and SD card expansion) are positives for others. Those are what allows for the iPhone 5 to be as small as it is.

Again, "slightly better app support" is seriously underselling it. The main reason people I know irl and on forums switch back to iOS is because of developer support and app quality. Even the same app on both platforms will generally be better on iOS due to the attention put into it. Its the same thing as most cross-platform console games being better on an XBox than on a PS3, developers simply put more time into the lead platform.

Of course, if you don't use apps on your phone (and judging by lower app sales and smaller web traffic, many Android users actually don't to the same extent) then things like swappable batteries clearly matter more.

RE: big numbers
By retrospooty on 10/26/2012 7:44:30 AM , Rating: 2
Lets not act like its just a few things...

- Larger Screens
- Higher resolution screens
- Better Mapping software
- Greater than 5x4 icons
- Flexibility in OS (Tons of Custom ROM's, etc)
- Flexibility in hardware (qwerty models, removable batteries, larger models, smaller models, high end models, mid range models, cheap models)
- Micro SD card
- Micro USB
- Plug and play as a flash drive to copy files

RE: big numbers
By TakinYourPoints on 10/28/2012 6:15:21 PM , Rating: 2
And all of those things fall by the wayside for me due to inferior apps, some of which fill in some of those software gaps (ie - mounting as a flash drive). Other things like higher resolution screens in the S3 don't work out since they use Pentile displays, thus having fewer subpixels (and reduced image quality) than a "lower" res iPhone. It certainly is larger though.

Like I said, it comes down to personal preference. If someone needs a keyboard, swappable battery, or bigger screen at the expense of better OS support and applications, then the customer should get that instead. Simple.

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