Apple is just out with its quarterly earnings, reporting record revenues of $24.67 billion and profits of nearly $6 billion.
Also notable: Macs don’t seem to be falling victim to cannibalization from Apple’s own iPad in the same way that Windows PCs appears to be.
Mac sales were up 28 percent for the quarter ended March 26, to 3.76 million units, according to the company. Apple sold 4.69 million iPads during the quarter, which included the initial launch of the iPad 2. (The first iPad wasn’t yet released in the same quarter last year, so there’s no prior quarter to use for an accurate seasonal comparison.)
In contrast, worldwide PC shipments dropped 3.2 percent during the first quarter, with analysts blaming factors including cautious business spending, turmoil in the Middle East and Japan, and rising fuel and commodity prices, in addition to the rise of media tablets such as the iPad.
Update: On a conference call, Apple credited the strong Mac results to the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro, which was refreshed during the quarter. Macs remain a relatively small slice of the overall personal computer market, which exceeded 80 million shipments for the quarter even with the 3 percent decline.
Microsoft, which relies heavily on PC sales to drive its flagship Windows business, reports its quarterly earnings next week.
Here’s the raw data on shipments and sales from Apple.