Apple’s Q3 – and the new G5 iMac

Apple’s Q3 results are out and they’re good – the quarter saw them shipping 876,000 Macs, the highest unit shipment for three years, increasing their Macintosh revenue by 19%.

US$60 million (€48.5 million) of Apple’s income came from music accessories and other related items – showing that iPod demand is far from slowing.

Steve Jobs said: “It was an outstanding quarter-our highest third quarter revenue in eight years. Our Mac-based revenue grew a healthy 19 percent, and our music-based revenue grew an incredible 162 percent. We’ve got a strong product portfolio, with some amazing new additions coming later this year.”

Those of you who have been holding off buying a new Mac in the hope that the new iMac models will feature G5 processors can finally dust off the piggy banks. Although IBM has had manufacturing problems, resulting in a shortage of G5 processors and G5-based Macs, the new model is expected to ship in September.

Apple normally doesn’t pre-announce new products as it tends to hurts sales of the previous model – though in this case, the previous iMac has ceased production.

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?