Apple sales of iPhones up, but iPods down

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By Jessica Mintz
Tuesday, January 18, 2011; 9:17 PM

SEATTLE - Apple said Monday that net income for the most recent quarter soared 70 percent on strong sales of iPhones, though iPad sales fell short of expectations.

Shares fell in after-hours trading. Apple's stock had been breaking through record-high prices for more than a week on high hopes for the iPad.

Apple sold 4.2 million of its new tablet-style computers during the fiscal fourth quarter, fewer than the approximately 5 million that analysts had expected.

The company sold 14.1 million iPhones from July through September, more than the 12 million or so analysts were looking for. Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said in an interview that had the company been able to make more iPhones, that number would have been higher.

Sales of the iPad might have been constrained by supply issues. Oppenheimer said the company was able to increase production toward the end of the quarter.

Apple's net income rose to $4.3 billion, or $4.64 per share, from $2.5 billion, or $2.77 per share, in the corresponding period last year. Revenue jumped 67 percent, to $20.3 billion, from $12.2 billion last year.

Both revenue and net income were record amounts for Apple. The company also did significantly better than Wall Street analysts expected. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect Apple to earn $4.08 per share on $18.9 billion in revenue.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs made a rare appearance on a conference call with Wall Street analysts after the results were released. He noted that Apple sold more iPhones than Research in Motion sold BlackBerry phones in the most recent quarter.

"I don't see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future," Jobs said.

Jobs also spoke disparagingly of the new tablet computers built on Google's Android software.

"The seven-inch tablets are tweeners, too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad," which has a nearly 10-inch screen, Jobs said.

Apple said it expects to earn $4.80 per share during the holiday quarter on $23 billion in revenue. Apple is known for issuing low guidance and then sailing over. Analysts are currently looking for $5.06 per share in net income on $22.3 billion in revenue.

Shares of Apple, which is based on Cupertino, Calif., plunged $18.14, or 5.7 percent, to $299.86, in extended trading after the release of results. In the regular session earlier, the stock rose $3.26, or 1 percent, to $318.

For the full fiscal year, Apple's net income jumped 70 percent to $14 billion, or $15.15 per share, from $8.2 billion or $9.08 per share. Revenue jumped 52 percent, to $65.2 billion from $42.9 billion.

- Associated Press

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