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It's too early to know what the news from Apple's fourth-quarter earnings call means for the company's ongoing success, but the folks over at Cupertino have plenty of cause for celebration. Follow three consecutive quarters of slipping sales, Apple's sales growth is now on the rebound. The actual profits from year-over-year sales may still be down, but that may change if the good news coming from Apple maintains its trajectory.
Overall, Apple reported $37.5 billion in revenue, with $7.5 billion of that being profit. Throughout the quarter, Apple sold a total of 33.8 million iPhones and 14.1 million iPads, which marks a step up from the same quarter last year for both devices. Mac prices were slightly down, however, with only 4.6 million units sold compared to 4.9 million from last year's. TechCrunch created a handy series of graphs outlining the changes, which you can partially see below.
This was actually better than expected. As AppleInsider reports, Wall Street analysts were expecting revenues of $36.84 billion with $7.93 per share, based on projected sales of 31 million iPhones, 14.5 million iPads, and 46 million Macs. By contrast, Apple's $37.5 billion revenue brought in $8.26 per diluted share.
As usual, the iPhone, which still makes up 52 percent of Apple's total sales, was the true star here. For the fiscal year as a whole, sales of the beloved smartphone were up by 25 million in 2012 for a total of 150 million sold throughout the year. Apple's 71 million iPads sold for the fiscal year also marks a record, bringing the grand total of iPads sold up to 169.2 million.
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