“Booming Mac Sales Drive Apple’s Best-Ever Quarter”
On July 20, 2010 on CNNMoney.com, Booz & Company Partner Barry Jaruzelski said Apple’s most recent quarterly earnings, its best results ever, make the Cupertino, Calif.-based company, “a $60 billion steamroller.” Jaruzelski was referring to Apple’s projection of annual sales for the year, adding that the “the only surprise would be if it there wasn’t a healthy exceeding of expectations.” Record Macintosh and lighting-fast iPad sales triggered the quarterly business at Apple; rising to a record $15.7 billion or 61 percent higher than Apple’s sales from the quarter last year. So with customers spending more on iPhones, Macs, iPods and iPads than on Windows licenses, Microsoft Office and Xboxes, is Apple set to dethrone Microsoft? And are Apple and Microsoft even really rivals these days? “The media loves to tell this story, but I don’t think it’s a particularly relevant comparison,” Jaruzelski said July 21, 2010 to CNNMoney.com. “In the past seven or eight years, Apple went from a computer company to a cutting-edge consumer electronics business, and Microsoft is a platform software business.” Jaruzelski also spoke July 21, 2010 to NDTV.com about Apple’s quarterly earnings.