Apple to Webcast Quarterly Results Tuesday, January 27; Record iPhone Sales Expected

Analysts are generally expecting Apple to have had a monster quarter for the three months that ended Dec. 31. And they've estimated that Apple will have sold a record 65 to 69 million iPhones in the quarter. That compares to Apple's previous record of 51 million in the December quarter a year earlier. We'll get all the details on Tuesday when Apple announces their results for the quarter after the market closes. Not only are iPhone projections stellar, sales of the Macintosh are also expected to have been high. The big question is the iPad. For three straight quarters, sales have dropped compared to the same quarter a year earlier. Apple always follows their announced results with a conference call with investors. And in an unusual move, the call this time will be webcast. The event will begin at 5 p.m., EST.

 

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It's always fascinating to hear what Apple has to say in the call. Typically they explain their quarterly results, such as why iPhone sales are high and why iPad sales may be off. And they also then make a projection for the next quarterly results. They used to low-ball their projection so they'd more easily beat expectations but in recent years have done it straight. During the call they also take questions. And of course someone always asks about future products. And of course Tim Cook always responds by saying Apple doesn't talk about what's coming. Even so, every word is parsed by enthusiasts and analysts to see if some hints can be gleaned. And in fact Apple does sometimes tip their hand a bit, giving a few clues.

According to Apple's website, to listen to the webcast, you'll need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or above, a Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or above or a PC running QuickTime 7 or later. Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or 32-bit Chrome are also required.

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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.