The results are in—the
second quarter results, that is. In a formal press release, Apple today
announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 second quarter, ending
March 28, 2009. The company posted revenue of $8.16 billion and a net
quarterly profit of $1.21 billion, or $1.33 per diluted share. These
results are definitely ahead from last year’s report. Gross margin went
up 3.5 percent, landing at 36.4 percent.
Analysts are worried
that Apple's Black Friday deals offered no bargain at all. Apple's
online and retail stores offered discounts of up to 101$ on Macs and
for iPods, which didn’t seem on par with the price-slashing fad that
other manufacturers and retailers.
Summer's almost over, but there may be a few of you who plan to visit the lovely San Francisco Bay Area on vacation. Serious Apple fans are probably thinking about visiting Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, CA, which is about 45 minutes south of San Francisco. Apple doesn't do tours of its campus, however. All you can really do is take pictures of the outside, or maybe drive around in the parking lot and play, "Guess which Benz belongs to Steve." (Sadly, the once popular Apple Icon Garden no longer exists.)