IPhone sales surge 91%

IPhone sales surge 91%

IPhone sales surged 91% during the quarter ended 25 September, as demand for Apple's iPhone 4 continued to rise despite antennae issues.

The company sold 14.1 million iPhones and 4.19 million iPads during the quarter. Sales of iPhones beat RIM’s recent sales figure of 12.1 million.

Revenues almost doubled to $20.34bn from $12.21bn a year, but gross margin fell to 36.9% from 41.8%.

Meanwhile, profit rose to $4.31bn, from $2.53bn – yet another new record for the company.

During an earnings call, Apple chief Steve Jobs critcised the Android platform, saying it was not as open as Google had made out.

He said: ‘Google loves to characterise Android as open and iOS and the iPhone as closed. We find this a bit disingenuous, and clouding the real difference between our two approaches.

‘Android is very fragmented. HTC and Motorola install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The user’s left to figure it all out. Compare this with the iPhone, where every handset works the same.’

Google’s Marketplace can co-exist with the network operator’s app store, said Jobs, while Apple maintains a single point of access to apps through its App Store.

Jobs added that tablet computers with smaller seven-inch screens would be ‘dead on arrival’ as they would not be sufficient to showcase apps.

Written by Mobile Today
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