...but Apple doing just fine, thanks

Apple might be in for a tough time without its CEO, but it's starting from an enviable position. Just a day after boss Steve Jobs announced he's taking indefinite medical leave, Apple revealed its most successful quarterly financial results yet.

In the last quarter of 2010 - the first quarter, confusingly, of Apple's financial year - the tech company made a whopping $6 billion of profit. That was on total sales of $26.74 billion.

Apple sold 4.13 million Macs in the quarter, 7.33 million iPads and a massive 16.4 million iPhones. 'We are firing on all cylinders,' Jobs said in a statement - maybe his last for a while.

But it wasn't all good news. iPod sales fell as people turn to the iPhone for their music needs rather than a dedicated player. But sales of the iPod Touch, one of the most expensive iPod models, were up 27%.

All things considered, not a bad place to start a tricky new era from. But the real question is whether this performance can be sustained without Jobs at the helm. A lot of that will depend on announcements coming later this year, like the iPad 2 and the next version of Mac OS X.

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