The fat cats at Apple
have reason to celebrate, and we're not talking about the successful launch of the iPad
. Not directly, anyway. The Cupertino gang turned in record financial results for Apple's fiscal 2010 second quarter ended March 27, 2010, at least for a non-holiday quarter.
Apple posted revenue of $13.60 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.07 billion, which works out to $3.33 per diluted share. That's a pretty sizable bump from one year ago when quarter profit sat at $9.08 billion and net quarterly profit at $1.62 billion, or $1.79 per diluted share.
"We're thrilled to report our best non-holiday quarter ever, with revenues up 49 percent and profits up 90 percent," said Steve Jobs
, Apple's CEO. "We've launched our revolutionary new iPad and users are loving it, and we have several more extraordinary products in the pipeline this year."
One of those products will be the iPhone
4G, Apple's next generation smartphone that has been the center of tech talk in recent days after a prototype was left in a bar, purchased by Gizmodo, and thrust online for all the world to see. Pretty embarrassing, but unlikely to damage Apple's long term outlook. In fact, Apple said it sold 8.75 million iPhones in the quarter, which is a whopping 131 percent more than was sold one year ago.
The company also sold quite a few Macintoshes - 2.94 million to be exact, a rise of 33 percent over the same quarter one year ago. Only iPod sales noted a decline, however not by much. Apple said it sold 10.89 million iPods during the quarter, which is one percent less than a year ago.