Apple Reports Their Best Quarter Ever

Today Apple reported their financial results for its fiscal 2012 Q1, a period spanning 14 weeks that ended New Year’s Eve, the 31st of December. According to Apple themselves, this has been the highest quarterly earnings every for the Cupertino-based company in all of the [almost] 36 years that it’s been in existence.

The company posted that their revenue for the quarter is $46.33 billion of which they netted $13.06 billion after paying expenses as their quarterly profit. $6 billion off from double of what last year’s quarter revenue was (to be exact, $26.74 billion), this has been Apple’s best quarter in terms of iPod, iPad, iPhone and Mac sales cumulatively. Gross margin was 44.7%, in comparison to the 38.5% that the last year quarter boasted, and international sales accounted for 58% of the quarter’s revenue.

Though the quarter’s 14 weeks didn’t overlap with the introduction and public release of the iPhone 4S, Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones as well as 15.43 million iPads, 5.2 million Macs and 15.4 million iPods. While the iPads, iPhones and Macs were all significantly higher numbers than last year, the iPods didn’t sell as well and instead fell by 21% comparatively.

Officially as part of the press release from Tim Cook, himself, Apple’s new CEO after Steve Jobs stepped down from his presiding position:

“We are very happy to have generated over $17.5 billion in cash flow from operations during the December quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the second fiscal quarter of 2012, which will span 13 weeks, we expect revenue of about $32.5 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $8.50.”

Apple is steadily growing, which a good sign for the company that promises a bright future. We don’t know what else to expect from them here at iPhone Alley other than more sparks of brilliance on their behalf.

To download the press release as a PDF.