Apple has confirmed it will once again webcast its 2007 third quarter financial results announcement on 25 July.

A conference call discussing the company's results with analysts will be streamed live from 5pm ET (10pm UK time). The webcast (in QuickTime format) will be made available for re-broadcast following the conference.

Thomson Financial Wall Street predicts Apple will reveal $5.29 billion revenue, up from $4.37 billion in the year ago quarter.

Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer has previously offered more conservative guidance: "Looking ahead to the third fiscal quarter of 2007, we expect revenue of about $5.1 billion," he said during the second quarter conference call.

IDC last week released figures confirming Apple has become the third biggest computer manufacturer in the US (a position it shares with Gateway), and now holds 5.6 per cent of the US PC market.

Also last week Piper Jaffray issued a $205 per share target price on Apple stock.