“Apple Computer Inc. reports its second-quarter results on April 19, and as often the case, analysts are looking for iPod sales to provide a glimpse into the iconic computer company’s overall health. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call estimate Apple will earn 43 cents a share on $4.54 billion in revenue. During the same period a year ago, Apple earned 34 cents a share on revenue of $3.24 billion,” Rex Crum reports for MarketWatch. “iPod sales will be in the spotlight, as the company is coming off a year-ending quarter in which it shipped a staggering 14 million of the music and video players. Such numbers would be nearly impossible to meet without the impetus of the Christmas or back-to-school seasons, but several analysts still estimate Apple will show iPod sales of almost 9 million units.”
“While Apple’s announcement of the release of Boot Camp, a software application that allows Apple’s Intel-powered Macs to run Microsoft Corp.’s Windows XP operating system, was released in early April and will have no bearing on Apple’s second-quarter results, analysts have called the release a “game changer” and anticipate it spurring more Mac sales through the rest of the year,” Crum reports.
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