Apple: Mac and iPhone sales shatter previous record

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 fourth quarter. According to CFO Peter Oppenheimer, the company defied the economic recession by selling 3.05 million Macintosh computers, 10.2 million iPods and 7.4 million iPhones.

“We are delighted with our September quarter and fiscal 2009 results,” said Oppenheimer. “For the full year, we grew revenue by 12 percent and net income by 18 percent in extraordinarily challenging times. Looking ahead to the first fiscal quarter of 2010, we expect revenue in the range of about $11.3 billion to $11.6 billion.”

Oppenheimer attributed the strong quarter results to Apple’s products and services, which he described as “unmatched innovation and commitment to the best hardware and software in the world.”

The CFO also noted that the response to the iPhone 3GS and Snow Leopard have been “tremendous,” with SL consumer box upgrades selling at “twice the pace” of Leopard version 10.5.   

Oppenheimer added that customers “loved” the recently upgraded Nano, while sales of the iPod Touch increased significantly.

Finally, Oppenheimer said that Apple had experienced a “blowout” quarter for portable Macs, with sales rising by a total of 35 percent.