Meanwhile Microsoft is laying off 5,000 jobs, and Google is limiting its new hiring.
“Even in these economically challenging times, we are incredibly pleased to report our best quarterly revenue and earnings in Apple history—surpassing $10 billion in quarterly revenue for the first time ever,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.
- International sales accounted for 46 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
- Unit sales of iPhone 3G continued to be significant in the quarter ended December 27, 2008, with 4.4 million iPhones sold.
- 2.5 Million Macs sold in Q1
- A record 22.7 Million iPods in Q1
- Exactly 4,363,000 iPhones sold in Q1
- Q: There are other iPhone competitors coming to the market: Android, Palm Pre. How do you think about sustaining leadership in the face of these competitors?
A: It’s difficult to compare to products that are not yet in the market. iPhone has seen terrific rating from customers. Software is the key ingredient, and we believe that we are years ahead of our competitors. Having different screen sizes, different input methods, and different hardware makes things difficult for developers. We view iPhone as primarily a software platform, which is different from our competitors. We don’t mind competition, but if others rip off our intellectual property, we will go after them.
- Q: The Palm device seems to directly emulate the iPhone’s innovative interface. Is that what you’re referring to?
A: We don’t want to refer to any specific companies, so that was a general statement. We like competition because it makes us better, but we will not stand for companies infringing on our IP.
- Q: How many of your 500 million App Store downloads were paid and how many were free?
A: That’s not something we’re prepared to disclose.
- Q: Will you eventually separate out App Store sales results from iTunes Store sales?
A: The App Store is part of iTunes, and we have no plans to separate them.
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