Apple Reports Blowout Profits Again on iPads, iPhones


0  Updated at 3:05 pm, April 24th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Apple announced strong second-quarter earnings Tuesday, beating Wall Street estimates and easing worries that the tech giant may be losing steam.

Apple said that profit nearly doubled to $11.6 billion, or $12.30 a share, on sales of $39.2 billion compared with a year earlier.

Apple sold 11.8 million iPads last quarter and 35 million iPhones, in line with analyst expectations.

Michael Holt, senior equity analyst with investment firm Morningstar, said Apple’s product gross margin was the most impressive figure in the earnings report.

Describing the profit from each device beyond what it costs to manufacture it, the gross margin percentage for the iPhone grew to 47.4 percent from 41.4 percent a year ago.

“The important thing about that is they are not having to compromise on their pricing to have product sold,” Holt said. Coupled with “strong” sales of the iPhone, Holt said Apple has been able to sustain their premium pricing and still ship a large number of units.

Tim Cook became CEO in August 2011 before founder Steve Jobs passed away in October 2011.

“We’re thrilled with sales of over 35 million iPhones and almost 12 million iPads in the March quarter,” said Cook. “The new iPad is off to a great start, and across the year you’re going to see a lot more of the kind of innovation that only Apple can deliver.”

Shares of Apple stock had slipped in trading on Tuesday after AT&T Inc., the largest seller of iPhones in the U.S., announced a sharp drop in first-quarter iPhone sales. Apple’s stock has been on a recent decline from its 52-week high of $644 a share.

The majority of Apple’s profit comes from iPhone sales, with the three of the four national U.S. wireless carriers — AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon — selling the popular smartphone.

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