The Holiday quarter is traditionally the strongest for Apple, because of the all important Holiday shopping season. Apple announced record numbers for the 2011 Holiday Quarter that are almost double of those a year ago. The AAPL stock went up over 7% in after hour trading to close at $451.08.
Apple posted record quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion, or $13.87 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $26.74 billion and net quarterly profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 44.7% compared to 38.5% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 58% of the quarter’s revenue.
The Company sold 37.04 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 128% unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 15.43 million iPads during the quarter, a 111% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 5.2 million Macs during the quarter, a 26% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 15.4 million iPods, a 21% unit decline from the year-ago quarter.
“We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”
The next big thing we expect from Apple is the unveiling of the iPad 3. It is still unclear what else Apple is going to reveal in the coming months. We don't expect the new iPhone 5 until Fall. 9to5Mac reports that Tim Cook invited all Apple employees to a Town Hall Meeting today, Wednesday 25th to discuss the record earning and new things going on at Apple.