“Apple will announce its earnings for the second quarter of the fiscal year on April 23, and while the second quarter is typically the weakest for Apple, there may be some surprises. Of course, it will be no surprise when Apple beats its guidance, which was $6.8 billion in revenue and $0.94 EPS. While this pales in comparison to record revenues of $9.6 billion last quarter, it is a marked gain from the same period last year’s $5.26 billion in revenue. As impressive a 30 percent in revenue might be to shareholders and Wall Street, the real news for Mac users is talk of another 2 million Mac quarter,” Charles Jade reports for Ars Technica.
“Last quarter, Apple had record Mac sales of 2.3 million units, which broke the record of 2.1 million the previous quarter, which broke the record of 1.67 million the previous quarter—you get the point. The Mac platform has been enjoying the Intel Renaissance for two years now, and as the chart shows, analysts are predicting Mac sales to be up nearly a third from the same time last year. More astonishingly, Apple may nearly double Mac sales from the same period in 2006. While part of the success this quarter may be a result of the popularity of the MacBook Air, clearly the Mac has become the alternative platform of choice for consumers worldwide,” Jade reports.
Full article, which also looks at iPhone and iPod expectations, here.