Apple will reveal its third quarter 2006 financial results on July 19.

The company is expected to reveal that iPod sales have remained relatively flat, but that Mac sales have climbed to compensate.

Apple shipped 1,112,000 Macs and 8,526,000 iPods during the second quarter, which ended on April 1. This represented 4 per cent growth in Macs and 61 per cent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter. It was the second highest sales quarter in the history of the company.

Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer warned investors: "Looking ahead to the third quarter of fiscal 2006, we expect revenue of about $4.2 to $4.4 billion."

Analysts agree, and anticipate Apple will return a good solid quarter. It will be particularly interesting to learn more of the company's retail stores success and Mac sales as potential indicators of any market share gains.

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