Apple has announced record profits for its fiscal fourth quarter, helped especially by big boosts in iPhone and Mac sales.
Overall revenues for the quarter reached $20.34bn, with profits from this equating to $4.31bn, up from $2.53bn in the same quarter last year.
The company reported that 14.1 million iPhones were sold in the quarter, a massive 91 per cent increase over sales in Q4 2009. Sales of Mac computers also fared well, increasing 27 per cent compared to last year to hit 3.89 million sales.
The newly introduced iPad sold 4.19m devices, slightly lower than expected. On a slightly negative note, the company's long running iPod products sold 9.05 million units, a decline of 11 per cent on 2009's fourth quarter sales.
Chief executive Steve Jobs said the company was "blown away" by the $20bn revenue and $4bn turnover figures, confirming they were both all-time records for the company. He also used the figures to dismiss RIM as a competitor to Apple and hinted at more announcements from Cupertino before the year's end.
"IPhone sales of 14.1 million were up 91 percent year-over-year, handily
beating the 12.1 million phones RIM sold in their most recent quarter. We still
have a few
surprises left for the remainder of this calendar year," Jobs said.
Speaking on an earnings call, Jobs' also attacked Google's Android operating system over its claims that it is open, arguing these remarks hide the real issues that Android was creating an increasingly fragmented market place.
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