Apple worth more than $50 billion

Apple has announced record-breaking figures for its best ever quarter in a financial conference call.

The Company posted revenue for the fiscal quarter ending December 2009 of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $11.88 billion and net quarterly profit of $2.26 billion, or $2.50 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.9 percent, up from 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 58 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The company sold 3.36 million Macs during the quarter - a 33 percent unit increase over the same period last year - and 8.7 million iPhones a 100 percent rise.

It wasn't all good news, however, as iPhone sales seem to have diluted the iPod market with just 21 million of the ubiquitous media players sold, an eight percent decline from last year.

"If you annualise our quarterly revenue, it's surprising that Apple is now a $50-plus billion company," said supreme Macolyte Steve Jobs. Alluding to the subject-of-so-many-rumours-it's-now-a-certainty tablet computer expected to be outed tomorrow, Jobs added, "The new products we are planning to release this year are very strong, starting this week with a major new product that we’re really excited about."

There's a Quicktime stream of the full financial conference call here if you have nothing better to do for an hour.