My thanks to Bruno Ferrari of Exame magazine Brazil for asking the following questions. My answers were written two weeks ago on April 2nd.
Based on financial data of the first fiscal quarter, it is possible to confirm that 2012 will be the best year in Apple’s history?
Actually, it’s possible to confirm without looking at first quarter data. Every business line Apple has except the iPod is growing and is likely to keep growing during this year. That means that sales will increase over 2011, which was Apple’s biggest year. You can see historic sales growth data here:
What are your predictions for the second fiscal quarter?
I published my predictions here.
The iPhone number seems to be higher than consensus. It’s aggressive but I’m basing my opinion on the launch of the iPhone 4S in China and the Chinese New Year and new carrier agreement there. Also the iPad will do quite well.
Do you think Apple will hold the iPhone 5 launch to September in order to open 2013 with an extraordinary result?