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Apple Q1: half a billion iOS devices sold to date

Thursday, 24th January 2013 03:34 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Apple turned in financial reports for the first quarter of 2013 today, noting record revenue, profit and iDevice sales.

Apple reported $54.5 billion in revenue for Q1 2013, resulting in a profit of $13.1 billion.

The company shifted 47.8 million iPhones, 22.9 million iPads and 12.7 million iPods during the three month period, at a rate of about one per second, adding up to a total of half a billion iOS devices sold since the portable operating system debuted.

These iDevice sales figures, revenue and profits all represent new records for the firm, but as investors had been expecting even greater performance, Apple’s stock fell about 10% in the wake of its conference call.

There was at least one negative note for Apple over the quarter, though, with total Mac sales coming in at 4.1 million – well below the year-on-year figure of 5.2 million and a surprise given the recent release of a new iMac.

During the post-release earnings call, Apple explained it encountered manufacturing issues, with the result that new iMacs were not available in all territories during the quarter.

No explanation was given for a decline in iPod sales, despite the release of new iPod Nano and Touch models.

Apple is believed to be under increasing pressure from Android thanks to the proliferation of popular rival smartphones and tablets.

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