updated 04:45 pm EDT, Mon October 18, 2010
Includes 14.1 million iPhones, 4.19 million iPads
Apple has announced the results of its fourth fiscal quarter, which ended on September 25th. The company is claiming "record" revenue of $20.34 billion, and a net quarterly profit of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share. For comparison Apple notes that in Q4 2009 it posted $12.21 billion in revenue, $2.53 billion in profit, and $2.77 per diluted share. Gross margin fell this year, slipping from 41.8 percent to 36.9. International sales amounted for more than half of the company's revenue at 57 percent.
Leading the company's efforts was the iPhone, which grew sales 91 percent year-over-year to reach 14.1 million units. Other sales figures include 3.89 million Macs -- a 27 percent increase -- and 4.19 million iPads. iPods fell 11 percent to 9.05 million units, in keeping with a long-term decline.
"We're thrilled with the performance and strength of our business, generating almost $5.7 billion in cash flow from operations during the quarter," reads a prepared statement by Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer. "Looking ahead to the first fiscal quarter of 2011, we expect revenue of about $23 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $4.80."