It's all smiles at Cupertino.
This week Apple has announced its best ever financial results for its second quarter which ended 29 March. Total revenue of $7.51bn and impressive profit of $1.05bn meant a huge rise on the same period last year where the company reported figures of $5.26bn and $770m respectively. Gross margin was a whopping 32.9 per cent - down from 35.1 per cent last year - but still remarkable in an era of ever cheaper electronics.
During Q2 Apple also shipped 2.289m Macs and 10.644m iPods representing 51 per cent and one per cent unit growth respectively. iPhone sales for the period were 1.7m - suggesting a vast number are being bought and unlocked.
"We're delighted to report 43 percent revenue growth and the strongest March quarter revenue and earnings in Apple's history," said Apple CEO and self appointed messiah Steve Jobs. "With over $17 billion in revenue for the first half of our fiscal year, we have strong momentum to launch some terrific new products in the coming quarters."
In related news, Apple has launched the fourth version of its iPhone SDK which includes Xcode IDE, iPhone simulator with Open GL ES support, Interface Builder, Instruments, frameworks and samples, compilers and a Shark analysis tool. An upgraded Audio Toolbox, NSXML Parser support and redesigned UIFont are in there too making this an important upgrade as opposed to mostly bug fixes seen in Beta 3.
Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said around 200,000 developers per week are signing up to the SDK which suggests owners could see some very exciting applications come the formal launch in June.
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