Apple rides iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch to record Q3

In fear of sounding like a broken record, the guys at Apple once again beat the Wall Street estimates, much thanks to very strong quarterly sales of the iPhone, topping 5.2 million iPhones sold for the quarter, although Apple did not shed any light on the split between iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS sales (source: Apple statement).

The Apple third quarter income was $1.23 billion and EPS of $1.35, beating the street estimate of $1.17. This was a 12 percent increase in revenue year on year.

As said, it was the iPhone sales that delivered the strong results for Apple this quarter, as the iPod saw a 7 percent drop in sales year on year to 10.2 million iPod’s. The split between the different types of iPod’s are unknown at the moment, althought Apple did say that sales of the iPod Touch was up by more than 130 percent.

Summary of performance:

  • 2.6 million mac computers sold, of which 1.8 million were laptops, an increase of 13 percent year on year (laptops)
  • 10.2 million iPods sold, a 7 percent drop year on year
  • 5.2 million iPhones sold in the quarter, a 626 percent increase compared to Q3 last year
  • 44 percent of sales were international

According to Apple themselves the decline in iPod sales was to be expected as this range is naturally getting cannibalized by the iPhone and iPod Touch, considered to be the strong products of the future for Apple.


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