To try to get an idea what this means, I looked at last few quarterly earnings calls as reported on iLounge. Here are the iPhones sold each quarter since their introduction:
Another quarter and another round of anxiousness, this time exacerbated by the uncertainty in the credit markets. So let me cut to the chase since we're talking about two of Silicon Valley's bellwether companies. The news isn't as bad as it seemed at first blush for Apple. I'm not quite sure I can say the same about Yahoo.
Given the economic headwinds, this was a blowaway quarter. Apple sold 6.9 million iPhones, ringing up about $4.6 billion in sales. Measured by revenues, Apple thus became the third biggest mobile phone supplier in … Read more
Updated throughout at 3:15 p.m. PT after Apple's conference call.
Apple's fourth-quarter profit soared past expectations on extremely strong sales of the iPhone, but revenue was a little light, and the company left itself a lot of wiggle room heading into what it called a "challenging" environment.
For the company's fourth fiscal quarter, or the period ended September 27, Apple reported revenue of $7.9 billion, compared with revenue of $6.2 billion in the same quarter last year. Net income was $1.14 billion, or earnings per share of $1.26. Analysts … Read more
It's something that has been talked about for years, and now the author of a new book is trying to explain it: the idea that to many people, Apple is a religion.
In an interview with the creators of the film MacHeads, which itself examines the Apple branding and community phenomena, Buyology author Martin Lindstrom (see video below) talked about just how powerful that brand is.
"Apple is (as we've proven using neuroscience)...a religion," Lindstrom said in the interview. "Not only that--it is a religion based on its communities. Without its core communities, Apple … Read more
Much has been made over Apple's unwillingness or inability to establish a foothold in the enterprise. Mac fanatics claim it's because Apple is about consumers and doesn't want to cater to the business world, while Apple haters claim Apple simply isn't capable of beating Microsoft in the enterprise because it doesn't play well with others.
I think both arguments are ludicrous.
If Apple didn't want to break into the business world, it would probably be the dumbest company in the tech industry. The enterprise is one of the most profitable and important sectors in the market and to say that Apple doesn't want a piece of that pie is ridiculous.
A recent report suggests Apple is finally starting to make enterprise developers happy, as evidenced by the Enterprise Desktop Alliance, a group of companies that are trying desperately to bring Macs into major companies already deploying Windows. And with the help of Parallels and VMware Fusion, it's becoming abundantly clear that companies aren't inexorably tied to Windows anymore.
But Apple's real gains in the enterprise aren't going to happen in the next couple years. Instead, the company will see huge gains in the enterprise in five to ten years when today's college students who have been brainwashed by Apple's products finally reach positions of power in the business world. When that happens, the Old Guard that only knows Windows will step aside and a new generation of wunderkinds will propel Apple to the forefront of enterprise technology.… Read more
After relegating it to the hinterlands of its Mac lineup for years, Apple might be finally ready to put the Mac Mini to sleep.
That's what Gizmodo thinks, having talked to two European retailers who say they can no longer order the $599 box from Apple. It's possible Apple could be getting ready to simply update the internal hardware in the Mac Mini, which has languished for quite a while with outdated chips, but Gizmodo reports that the retailers have been told that this is the end of the line.
Research In Motion was a big loser in an otherwise positive day for tech stocks after it was the subject of a research note authored by a pessimistic financial analyst.
James Faucette of Pacific Crest Securities rained on RIM's parade with a research note Monday suggesting that October sales of RIM's BlackBerrys have been less-than-impressive, causing the stock to plunge $5.10, or 8.64 percent, to close at $53.91 on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The note also comes a day before Apple is expected to report iPhone sales of around 5 million units during the past … Read more
There's a new smartphone from LG called the Cookie. It has a little more juice than the Palm Centro. But Natali doesn't like juice in her cookies. But that doesn't mean she doesn't like this smart phone. We also cover the new mobile browsers and Apple's attack ads against Microsoft.
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Opera launches mobile version 9.5 for Symbian http://www.intomobile.com/2008/10/20/opera-mobile-95-beta-now-available-for-symbian-uiq3-too.html… Read more
Apple's fourth quarter should have survived the economic chaos currently rounding the globe, but what Wall Street will care about Tuesday afternoon is its outlook on the future.
Despite a few more product glitches than usual, it's been business as usual at Apple during the past three months: strong Mac growth and steady iPod sales, with the added bonus of soaring iPhone sales this time around. But the company finds itself in a much different economic environment than last time Apple held an earnings conference call in July.
Will consumers who just watched the value of their retirement … Read more
Apple has fired back in the latest round of the Mac versus PC ad wars with two commercials tweaking Microsoft's marketing strategies.
One nice thing about having a sick girlfriend is a guilt-free weekend in front of a dozen or so college and pro football games. Apple released two new Mac vs. PC ads for that sedentary audience to ponder in between kickoffs this weekend, though both ads seemed to be tailored more for the tech industry than NFL fans.