I have been devoting some of my most recent posts about Apple’s poorly designed antenna. As I already claimed, I still thin the iPhone 4 is a master piece – with a poorly designed antenna -. I wanted to devote this post to say good things about Apple this time, as I usually do.

Sales and financial results for Q3 2010 have been released and, as TechCrunch reads, Apple Obliterates Q3 Earnings Estimates On Best Mac Sales Ever And Huge iPad Numbers.

In news that should surprise no one by now — Apple once again had a stellar quarter and blew past Wall Street estimates for Q3 2010. Just as with Q1 and Q2  of this year, Apple has been doing so well thanks largely to the iPhone. But unlike those quarters, Apple now has an important new product adding money to their bottom line: the iPad (the iPad had been released just prior to the closing of Q2). And this quarter actually marked Apple’s best ever in terms both revenue and Mac shipments.

Apple posted a revenue of $15.7 billion for the quarter (again, a new record — beating even holiday quarters). And net quarterly profit was at $3.25 billion — $3.51 per diluted share. All of those easily beat both Apple’s own (always low) estimates, as well as Wall Street’s.

Apple sold 3.47 million Macs during Q3 — again, a new quarterly record. The company sold 8.4 million iPhones, which was down slightly from the 8.75 million they sold last quarter. But remember, that’s before the iPhone 4 (which went on sale just prior to the end of the quarter) and many customers likely held off on purchasing the iPhone 3GS to wait for the new iPhone. The company also sold 9.41 million iPods in Q3. This number continues to decline on a year-over-year basis as it’s being eaten by Apple’s other products, like the iPhone.

This follows along the lines with Steve Jobs claims in his recent press conference. Despite not being perfect and having designed an antenna very poorly, Apple still is at the top of electronics manufacturing. And the thin is that, despite not owning an iPhone, iPad or MacBook, I think that Apple’s products are masterpieces. I recently met a colleague in the wireless industry who still uses his 2003 PowerBook and it works simply great. I am a Windows user, but I still don’t know anyone with a laptop that has lasted longer than 4-5 years… do I?

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