Apple on Monday reported record revenue and earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, thanks to strong sales of Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
The company reported a quarterly profit of $4.31 billion for the three months ended Sept. 25., with revenue of $20.34 billion. That compares to a $2.53 billion profit on sales of $12.21 for the same period last year.
Apple’s earnings of $4.64 per diluted share handily beat estimates by Wall Street analysts who were expecting the company to report earnings of $4.06 a share on $18.86 billion in revenue for September quarter.
“We still have a few surprises left for the remainder of the calendar year,” said CEO Steve Jobs in a statement accompanying the earnings. Apple has scheduled a press event for this Wednesday where the company is expected to focus on the Mac.
During the quarter, Apple says it sold 4.19 million iPads; it was the company’s first full quarter of iPad sales. Apple also sold 14.1 million iPhones, fueled by the launch of the iPhone 4. By comparison, Apple says smartphone rival Research In Motion sold 12.1 million phones during its most recent quarter.
As for Mac sales, Apple sold 3.89 million computer, up 27 percent from its year-ago sales. That’s a new record for Mac sales topping the 3.47 million mark the company set during the June quarter.
Laptops continue to be the driving force behind Apple’s Mac sales, with portable products accounting for 71 percent of the Macs sold during the September quarter. However, sales of desktops rose nearly 28 percent to a little more than 1 million units, on the strength of the company’s iMac and Mac Pro updates over the summer.
Not all of Apple’s product lines are growing. The iPod segment continues to shrink, with Apple selling 9.05 million music players during the quarter—that’s an 11-percent drop from last year’s figures.
We’ll have more details on Apple’s fourth-quarter earnings—including live coverage of the company’s conference call with analysts—as they become available.