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Apple announced at $63 Million Profit for its First Quarter ending December 27, 2003.

Apple shipped 829 thousand Macintosh® units during the quarter, up 12 percent from the year-ago quarter, as well as 733 thousand iPod units, up 235 percent from the year-ago quarter.

“It was an outstanding quarter for Apple, with double-digit unit and revenue growth and over 730,000 iPods sold,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "We’re kicking off 2004 with strong momentum, especially for Mac OS X, which is now used by almost 40 percent of our installed base, iPod and the iTunes Music Store, which has a 70 percent share of the legal music download market.”

Apple's Q1 Results Conference Call is presently ongoing
 

obeygiant

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Great news for apple.

But its puzzling that only 40% of mac users are using osx. It seems like it would be more than that.
 

Le Big Mac

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Originally posted by obeygiant
Great news for apple.

But its puzzling that only 40% of mac users are using osx. It seems like it would be more than that.

I've been wondering about that statistic as well. I guess it says Mac has a great installed base of users of older computers. But it also says those users aren't upgrading their machines (or keep them running in the corner as email only or something.
 

Billicus

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It's always good when Apple turns a profit. You have to remember that while new Macs are Mac OS X, there are a lot of people using Macintosh computers that can not run OS X.
 

Steamboatwillie

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40% OS X users? I find that shocking but I started using Macs on OS X. After the fact I used a few Macs on OS 9 and scratched my head thinking "What is this?" I realize that there are alot of OS 9 users and I am sure that the OS is great/stable/fast etc but, on the surface anyways, OS X seems light years ahead! Maybe coming in late in the game my perspective is skewed...
 

Elektronkind

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Originally posted by Le Big Mac
I've been wondering about that statistic as well. I guess it says Mac has a great installed base of users of older computers. But it also says those users aren't upgrading their machines (or keep them running in the corner as email only or something.

Further, I wonder if that 40% number is 40% of "all Mac users" - a fairly nebulous number to calculate

or

"40% of all machines able to run OSX (Panther, Jaguar included?) are indeed running OSX"

hmm... numbers numbers.
/ek
 

Stelliform

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Does anybody know if Apple was projected to make $63 million? You know if they were projected to make $63.1 million and they only made $63.099 million their stock would drop by 50%. :rolleyes:
 

sw1tcher

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Originally posted by iChan
i wonder that is going to affect my Apple stock tomorrow... may even see a new 52-week high :)

Well, Apple's stock is now down $1.216 (~5%). This is after hours trading.
 

DavisBAnimal

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In my house I have a Performa 575 running OS 7 (I think) my mom still fires up to word-process, a Bondi-Blue iMac with OS 8 for my grandma, and my Powerbook with OS 10.3 - making the installed user base of my house only 33.33% OS X. That 40% doesn't surprise me at all - if anything it's higher than I would have thought.

Davis
 

tny

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Originally posted by Steamboatwillie
40% OS X users? I find that shocking but I started using Macs on OS X. After the fact I used a few Macs on OS 9 and scratched my head thinking "What is this?" I realize that there are alot of OS 9 users and I am sure that the OS is great/stable/fast etc but, on the surface anyways, OS X seems light years ahead! Maybe coming in late in the game my perspective is skewed...

Honestly, no. System 7 was not known for rock-hard stability, for instance. My own feeling is that SJ got it right the second time around with NeXT, and reshaping Apple's products into a combination of the best of NeXT and Mac was exactly what needed to happen to make Apple competitive.
 

Vroem

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Originally posted by obeygiant
But its puzzling that only 40% of mac users are using osx. It seems like it would be more than that.
Remeber that many old macs are kept operational because they just work, or because they are cute. While in the PC world, new windozes often cause old hardware to be trashed.
The 60% of mac's without Mac OS X would not be operational any more if they where PC's.
 

lind0834

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I don't think 40% installation of X is bad considering the number of people I know who still are running older equipment.

My Dad still enjoys his Performa 575 w/ 7.6 for the small amount of DTP he does.

Fact of the matter is, that older macs still get the job done for a lot of people.
 

Fender2112

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Originally posted by obeygiant
Great news for apple.

But its puzzling that only 40% of mac users are using osx. It seems like it would be more than that.

You have to keep in mind that there are still a lot of older macs that work just fine. And people don't want to let go of them.

I think alot of folks are in the same situation that I was in. A move to OS X was more than just an OS upgrade. I had to buy all new everything. New computer, new monitor, new printer, new speakers, new software of all sorts. Because of the expense involved, I had to do this in small steps. Whenever I updated something I made sure it was OS X compatible. I held out upgrading my computer until the G5 was announced. When it arrived I had all the pieces in place and the transition was painless.

It's differnt when you have a realitively new computer and all you have to do is upgrade the OS and maybe a few drivers.
 

pimentoLoaf

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Well, I have one Mac in the house with 7.5.3 running -- when I'm using that system. It's on the way out along with an old 386 pc: good for parts and not much more.
 

macshark

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Apple was projected to earn 15c per share this quarter. The actual profit was 17c per share.

Projections for the next quarter was 7c per share. During the conference call, Apple CFO indicated that they expect to earn 8c to 10c per share next quarter.

The after-hour selling regardless of good results is pretty normal. I wouldn't be surprised if the stock goes back up to high 23s or low 24s tomorrow.
 

fatfish

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Originally posted by Dont Hurt Me
ones still on os9 are missing out and enjoying those crashes.:D

Not the case, Think OSX is solid, well OS9 is rock solid, many video editors and large networks have remained on OS9, I assume they'll change in time.

What you got to remember is OSX has only been out a couple of years, the upgrade cycle for the average mac user is longer than this (about 5 years I believe)
 
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