Talk About M.O.N.E.Y!

Lately I’ve been talking more and more about Apple.  One might wonder what’s going on over at COE, but the truth is that we all believe Apple is going to get into gaming in a very big way come Wednesday.  Perhaps a bit later on, but regardless, Apple wants IN on gaming…even if they don’t know it yet.

Today Apple released their Q1 financials, and I wanted to share some of the information with all of you.  iPhone sales were double compared to the same quarter last year (8.74 million).  Traditional iPod sales continue to decline given the sheer success of the iPhone and iPod Touch, with traditional iPod sales down eight percent over the previous year’s quarter (21 million).  Finally, Apple revealed that Mac sales were 33% higher (3.36 million Macs and 2.1 million notebooks).

All of this breaks down to revenues of $15.68 billion, which equates to $3.38 billion in profit.  Check that number out again, $3.38 BILLION! That’s a heck of a lot of dough.

Apple CEO, and co-founder Steve Jobs had the following to say:

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.

We’ve seen companies come and go over the years, but this level of success is staggering.  So to relate this back to gaming, with all this money Apple has been banking over the past decade, one has to wonder exactly where they plan to take gaming should they truly enter the market as we believe they plan on.  It’s not even a gamble for them anymore, given they now make $50 billion a year in revenue.  With the success Apple has had, they can afford a few bombs.  Somehow I seriously doubt that will happen.

We’ll have detailed information on everything announced at Wednesday’s press conference.  For a full rundown of Apple’s financial results, hit up Engadget.com.

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