Apple to announce first quarter results Jan. 25

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Word on the mean streets of the Internet suggests that Apple CEO Steve Jobs may take the stage of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center on Wednesday January 27. If you’re looking for a little pre-show action to get you fired up, then look no further: Apple’s announced its quarterly earnings results conference call for Monday January 25.

As usual, the call will start at 2 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Eastern, and probably run about an hour, during which likely hosts Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer and COO Tim Cook will talk gross margins, operating expenses, and component costs—all the topics that have you on the edge of your seat every three months. The first quarter 2010 results are sure to be a doozy as they include the holiday season, traditionally Apple’s best-performing part of the year. So if you're dying to know how many Macs, iPods, and iPhones the company sold over the holidays, you don't have much longer to wait.

Coming as it does two days before the much-rumored Apple event, the call is sure to feature plenty of questions from financial analysts on Apple’s future plans and products, which we expect Oppenheimer and Cook to handle with their usual deft touches, followed by bouts of uncontrollable giggling once they’ve finally hung up.

Should you desire play-by-play and color commentary to guide you through the morass of financial jargon, you can always tune in to Macworld’s live coverage of the call, which should kick off shortly beforehand.

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