Apple Q3 2012 results: 26 million iPhones, 17 million iPads, 6.8 million iPods, 4 million Macs

Apple Q3 2012 results: 26 million iPhones, 17 million iPads, 6.8 million iPods, 4 million Macs

Apple today announced their third quarter earnings for 2012, which included 26 million iPhones, 17 million iPads, 6.8 million iPods, and 4 million Macs. Quarterly revenue was $35.0 billion and quarterly net profit was $8.8 billion, or $9.32 per diluted share. Comments from Apple executives included:

We’re thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.

We’re continuing to invest in the growth of our business and are pleased to be declaring a dividend of $2.65 per share today,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the fourth fiscal quarter, we expect revenue of about $34 billion and diluted earnings per share of about $7.65.”

There will also be a cash dividend of $2.65 per share.

Apple will be holding their usual conference call in a few minutes to repeat and expand on these results. As usual, we'll be blogging it live at on iMore.com

Rene Ritchie

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What this post and others about the call so far don't mention, that all the MSM sites have, is that revenue and EPS were below analyst expectations, and the stock is taking a beating for it, down 5% in after hours trading. So while Apple may be thrilled about their numbers, stockholders aren't. Especially because they're projecting lower revenues for the next quarter too.

Apple has done so well in the past few years that a 23% increase in revenue, year-over-year, looks bad. What other tech and/or consumer electronics companies have done better than that? Let's see...

Google? Nope. 21% increase year-over-year. Still, it's proof that there's a LOT of money to be made in the adspam business.

Microsoft? Um, no. They posted a measly 3.97% increase in revenue year-over-year. (Oh, and the one-time $6.19B aQuantive writedown led to Microsoft's first losing quarter: $492 million in the red.) And Ballmer is still in charge. Go figure.

Samsung? Now you're *talking*! Up 79% from a year ago. And they're going to need those billions to pay Apple damages, court fees, licensing royalties, and whatever else all that rampant copying will cost them. In the short term and long term.