Apple has posted its financial results for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter, with revenue up by 27 percent, sales of iPhones up 58 percent, and sales of iPads up 26 percent; and yet despite these positive figures some are disappointed that stronger growth did not occur.

Apple has posted its financial results for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter, with revenue up by 27 percent, sales of iPhones up 58 percent, and sales of iPads up 26 percent; and yet despite these positive figures some are disappointed that stronger growth did not occur.

 
The company posted revenue of $36 billion for the quarter ending 29 September, up from the $28.3 billion in revenue it made the same time last year. Net profit was also up from $6.6 billion to $8.2 billion, leaving diluted share values at $8.67, compared to $7.05 in 2011.
 
The Cupertino, California-based firm sold 26.9 million iPhones in its fiscal fourth quarter, 14 million iPads, 4.9 million Macs, and 5.3 million iPods, with only the latter representing a decline, a drop by 19 percent as more people turn to smartphones to replace their mp3 players.
 
 
“We’re very proud to end a fantastic fiscal year with record September quarter results,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We’re entering this holiday season with the best iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod products ever, and we remain very confident in our new product pipeline.”
 
Despite the seemingly impressive figures, Reuters reports that many analysts are disappointed that there were no surprise jumps in growth, with particular dissatisfaction with sales of the iPad. Apple's strong iPhone sales are dwarfed by the 56.3 million smartphones sold by Samsung in the same quarter.
 
There is also disappointment at the outlook for the present quarter, with Apple predicting revenue of $52 billion, below the $55 billion expected by analysts, especially with the release of new products like the iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad. The lower figures likely relate to tough competition for the holiday season from rivals including Google, Samsung, Amazon and Microsoft.