Apple posted a record-breaking $46.33 billion in revenue for the quarter ending December 31, 2011.
That’s up from $26.74 billion for the same period in 2010, a 62% year-on-year increase. The staggering result is the company’s most successful lifetime to date, and netted profits of $13.06 billion.
58% of revenue was garnered outside the US. Apple predicts $32.5 billion in revenue over the next quarter.
Apple noted jumps in iPhone and iPad sales in particular. 37.04 million iPhones were sold during the three-month period, a 128% year-on-year increase The iPhone 4S was released in October, which in addition to the usual holiday sales boost, may partially account for the increase.
That said, the iPad2, released much earlier in the year, saw growth of 111% to shift 15.43 million units.
“2011 was supposed to be the year of the tablet,” CEO Tim Cook said in a post-results call with investors.
“But it was the year of the iPad, for the second year in a row.”
Apple also noted sales of 5.2 million Macs (26% increase) and 15.4 million iPods (21% decrease).
This was Apple’s first quarterly filing since the death of its co-founder and legendary leader, Steve Jobs, in October 2011, but the second since his retirement in August.
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