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Apple's Growth Scorecard for the first quarter of 2012

For Apple 2012 started with almost the same growth as 2011 started. Q1 2011 saw earnings growth of 92% and Q1 2012 saw growth of 94%. As the following revenue growth table shows, the pattern for the last twelve months has been very consistent:

Here are some notes:

  • The iPad is growing at a faster rate than the iPhone and has achieved in two years what the iPhone took four.
  • The iPhone grew units at nearly 90% and revenues at 85%. This is slightly below the quarterly average over the last two years of 99%
  • The Mac showed significant weakness though the previous year’s Q1 had exceptionally high growth of 32%. The Mac still grew faster than the market and therefore gained share
  • The iPod is declining consistently. Units showed a lesser decline than revenues as the average price dropped from $164 to $157.
  • The iTunes store continues to grow very rapidly, reaching a new record level above $2.1 billion revenues
  • Peripherals were weak with 11% growth but that may have something to do with lowered Mac sales
  • Software had good quarter though not exceptional
  • The top line grew at nearly 60% which is not exceptional but the bottom line grew at 94% which is above average

Overall, the company had a very good quarter and showed consistency, which, incidentally, implies predictability. The following graph shows the top and bottom lines in historical context with color coding matching the table above.