Cupertino, Calif. – Apple (NASD: AAPL) posted a record profit of $6
billion in the last three months of 2010, generating $26.74 billion in revenues
on sales of 16.24 million iPhones, 7.33 million iPads, 19.45 million iPods and
4.13 million Macs. The iPhone sales figure represents an 86% increase over the
same period in 2009, while iPod sales were down 7% from the previous year.
iTunes Store also generated over $1.1 billion in revenues during the quarter.
Apple sold nearly 15 million iPads in 2010, blowing away analysts’ estimates,
which averaged 3.3 million and topped out at 7 million, TechCrunch noted,
citing a post on Asymco.
Research from IDC shows that nearly 17
million media tablets were shipped worldwide in 2010 — which the firm
attributed to demand for the iPad.
IDC said the iPad represented nearly 90% of
media tablets shipped in the third quarter of 2010.
The firm predicts that 44.6
million media tablets will be shipped worldwide in 2011, growing to 70.8
million units in 2012.