37.04 million iPhones and 15.4 million iPads sold in Q4 2011

Apple has now announced its financial results for the fourth quarter 2011 calendar year and as part of those results it has revealed that it has sold 37.04 million units of its iPhone smartphone device during the three month period that ended on December 31, 2011. The numbers were 128 percent higher than the same period a year ago and much higher than expected from financial analysts.

Apple also sold 15.4 million of its iPad tablets during the same three month period. Those numbers were 111 percent higher than the same time period a year ago and again were well above expectations. The company also sold 5.2 million units of its various Mac computers and 15.4 million units of its various iPod media players during the last quarter.

Apple generated $46 billion in revenue for the last quarter compared to $26.74 billion in revenue from the same period a year ago. Net profits came in at $13.06 billion for the quarter versus $6 billion in profits from the same period a year ago. Apple expects to bring in $32.5 billion in revenue for the current quarter. It also has a whopping $97 billion in cash on hand. It doesn't even look like Apple noticed the recession.

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xXgreatestever said,
Wow thats a lot of money 96 billion cash on HAND! thats insane! What's Microsofts cash on hand? Serious question not bashing

Probably a lot lower because Microsoft actually spends money on R&D and Innovation, it also gives a lot to charity.

xXgreatestever said,
Wow thats a lot of money 96 billion cash on HAND! thats insane! What's Microsofts cash on hand? Serious question not bashing

Microsoft pays a divided to its investors. Apple doesn't. This will represent a large difference in cash on hand.

RAINMAN said,

Microsoft pays a divided to its investors. Apple doesn't. This will represent a large difference in cash on hand.


Total number of outstanding Microsoft shares: 8,390,771,388
They pay a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share.
(source: http://www.microsoft.com/inves...orServices/FAQ/default.aspx)

That means Microsoft pays a total quarterly dividend of around $1.678 billion. Although this is a huge amount of money (in my eyes anyway), it's not exactly going to "represent a large difference in cash on hand" figures when comparing the two companies.

RAINMAN said,

Microsoft pays a divided to its investors. Apple doesn't. This will represent a large difference in cash on hand.

A lot of investors are pressuring them to pay dividends. So it may happen sometime.

xXgreatestever said,
Wow thats a lot of money 96 billion cash on HAND! thats insane! What's Microsofts cash on hand? Serious question not bashing

Less the $20 Billion, and Microsoft has Billions in loans while Apple doesn't owe a cent.

barteh said,
wow, and to think of the difference just 1% donate do a charity would make.

Indeed. Would be an even bigger difference if every technology company with outrageous cash piles did the same. Microsoft and Google also have very big (40bn+ last I checked) values. But then they'd have no money to sue each other with!

DomZ said,

Indeed. Would be an even bigger difference if every technology company with outrageous cash piles did the same. Microsoft and Google also have very big (40bn+ last I checked) values. But then they'd have no money to sue each other with!


Actually, I'm pretty sure Bill Gates is the biggest money donor of all time.

Victor V. said,

Actually, I'm pretty sure Bill Gates is the biggest money donor of all time.

However Microsoft's "cash pile" is not the same as Bill Gates' "cash pile".

These figures are actually damaging to Apple users and to a lesser extent other users. If you can put out a phone/phonablet that offers nothing new to the market and still get a big load of sales then surely Apple will just sit back and rely on their brand too much to sell its products. Its like some hotels in tourist hotspots, they will not spend money on improving their rooms, restaurants etc. because they will still get a massive amount of business regardless of the quality of their rooms.

sam232 said,
These figures are actually damaging to Apple users and to a lesser extent other users. If you can put out a phone/phonablet that offers nothing new to the market and still get a big load of sales then surely Apple will just sit back and rely on their brand too much to sell its products. Its like some hotels in tourist hotspots, they will not spend money on improving their rooms, restaurants etc. because they will still get a massive amount of business regardless of the quality of their rooms.

Faster processor, 7x better graphics, faster data speeds, improved reception, better camera, 1080p, siri... just because it looks the same doesn't mean nothing has changed.

shockz said,

Faster processor, 7x better graphics, faster data speeds, improved reception, better camera, 1080p, siri... just because it looks the same doesn't mean nothing has changed.

You fail to understand my point. Thanks for playing though.

sam232 said,

You fail to understand my point.


I think I do too. I thought your point was if a company releases a product which "offers nothing new to the market" and makes lots of money from said product, they are likely to rest on their laurels. However, shockz listed new features that came with Apple's iPhone 4S, therefore bringing something new to the table (or market, whatever). So how does your point apply to Apple? Moreover, the market is far too competitive for Apple to release poor/mediocre products and carry on performing as they have done so far.

Thanks for playing though.

This makes me wonder if you were trying to compete for some "trolling" prize/award. If so, I have to applaud your effort at playing this game by putting a negative spin on some clearly positive Apple news.

Edited by Manish, Jan 25 2012, 1:14am :

Manish said,

I think I do too.

You still don't, I will give you credit for partially understanding but no where near the level where you would prompt a reply argument from me.

Manish said,

This makes me wonder if you were trying to compete for some "trolling" prize/award. If so, I have to applaud your effort at playing this game by putting a negative spin on some clearly positive Apple news.

I think that is pretty silly. You don't do yourself any merit by those comments.

sam232 said,

You don't do yourself any merit by those comments.

Neither do you when you go around with your anti-Apple propaganda; it's pathetic quite frankly. Usually I wouldn't care but sometimes it warrants a response. Oh and I'm not surprised that you're unable to produce an argument back.

ApparelĀ® will continue to sell millions of its fashion accessories, even in a recession. These are items that everyone wants to have right now. Let's face it, Apparel is the market leader in "consumerizing" technology.

I'd like them to do something with that money, make some daring buyout or something but what I think they'll do is what they currently do, buy parts and commoditys well in advance for cheap price and also make it dearer for everyone else.

evo_spook said,
I'd like them to do something with that money, make some daring buyout or something but what I think they'll do is what they currently do, buy parts and commoditys well in advance for cheap price and also make it dearer for everyone else.
It would be awesome if they sunk HEAVY money into the siri feature to make it evolve faster into JARVIS from Ironman. If a company had AI like that, imagine how much work you could get done in certain industries. I would love to "computer" without a keyboard and mouse (easily that is).

Not entirely sure that I understood what you were trying to say there. Some punctuation certainly would've helped.

DKAngel said,
until everyone has one and they stop making money

I'm assuming that they do plan to release newer iPhone models.

No wonder Microsoft wants a slice of this pie and in the process wants to turn Windows into a tablet OS more, PC OS less.

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