Apple announced its quarterly results yesterday, easily besting the Wall Street estimates.
The company shipped an astonishing 1.6 million Macs in its best quarter ever. Analysts indicated that proved that the “iPod halo” effect truly is working for the company.
It’s easy to understand how iPod sales could drive Mac sales, as Apple shipped 360 million iPods for the quarter, with many customers buying 3, 4, even 10 iPods each, sometimes giving one to their pet.
While a low margin product, Apple moved over 1.5 trillion units of the Mighty Mouse, one to every third person on the planet. The company has not yet determined if these were evenly distributed across the globe or not.
“It’s possible India bought them all,” said CFO Peter Oppenheimer. “Or China. I don’t know why they’d do that…
“Party favors, possibly. We’re still looking into it.”
Oppenheimer also said Apple’s margin increased to 230%. The company sold 9 trillion copies of iLife, 180 trillion movies and television shows and 4.4 quadrillion songs on iTunes.
“We also renewed four .Mac accounts,” Oppenheimer said.
“That’s up 33% from last quarter.”