Apple has posted very healthy fourth-quarter results, showing revenues breaking $10bn (£7.19bn) for the first time.
Unlike many other technology firms Apple had a storming quarter, reporting a rise in quarterly profit to $1.61bn (£1.15bn) from $1.58bn (£1.13bn) in the same quarter last year. Revenue was up from $7.9bn (£5.68bn) to $10.17bn (£7.31bn), much better than analyst predictions.
"We are extremely pleased to report passing $10bn in revenue for first time in Apple's history," said chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer.
MacBook sales rose nine per cent on the year, but desktop sales fell 25 per cent. Oppenheimer said that this was in line with the declining popularity of desktop systems.
Overall, however, the results gave a clear indication of Apple's reliance on the iPod and iPhone lines.
The company sold 22.7 million iPods, up three per cent on the year, and 4.4 million iPhones, up 88 per cent.
The fourth quarter is traditionally Apple's best, since it benefits from strong Christmas sales. However, the company warned that the first quarter of 2009 would be tougher, and predicted revenues of $7.6bn to $8bn (£5.4bn to £5.75bn).
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