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A Lot of iSales: Apple Sold 7.3 Million iPads, 16.2 Million iPhones in December Quarter

Apple sold a whole lot of iOS devices in the December quarter, according to its just-released earnings report. Apple sold 4.13 million Macs during the quarter, up 23 percent from a year ago. It sold 16.24 million iPhones in the quarter, up 86 percent, and 19.45 million iPods during the quarter, down 7 percent from a year ago. The company also sold 7.33 million iPads during the quarter.

All of the device sales appear to be ahead of Wall Street expectations, with Mac sales at the low end of the range of what analysts were looking for.

On the Mac side, laptop sales continued to outpace desktops. Apple sold 2.6 million portables, up 37 percent from a year earlier, as compared with desktop sales of 1.2 million units, a 1 percent drop from a year ago. As for iPods, while total units were down 7 percent from the prior year’s holiday quarter, revenue was actually up 1 percent, indicating users were opting for pricier models, such as the iPod touch.

On the earnings conference call, which just started, CFO Peter Oppenheimer confirmed strong iPod touch sales, saying that the product’s sales were up 27 percent and accounted for more than half of all iPods sold in the quarter.

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