NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- On Friday, Apple ( AAPL) ended another news-dominating week two ways: By announcing that the launch of its white iPhone 4 will be further delayed due to manufacturing glitches, and by taking the first requests for iPhone 4 cases, which allegedly remedy reception problems.Antennagate had no impact on Apple's third-quarter earnings, which, fueled by strong iPhone and Mac sales, came out well above analysts estimates: Apple posted $3.51 EPS, up from $2.01 in the year-ago period and up from the $3.11 analysts expected. Revenue hit $15.7 billion.
Bill Gates persona long gone from the software giant's aura, Apple's beloved brand -- which TheStreet studied a bit this week -- stands atop tech in a league all its own, fueled by the quirks and moves of its CEO, Steve Jobs.
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In other earnings news, IBM ( IBM) kicked the week off by missing revenue estimates for the second quarter, blaming a currency headwind caused by the strengthening dollar. After a steep drop-off early Tuesday, IBM shares took the slow and steady ride up for the rest of the week, closing up 91 cents to $128.38 Friday. Squeezing lots of juice out of Windows 7 sales, Microsoft posted substantial quarterly results on Thursday, announcing revenue of $16.04 billion, a 22% increase from the same year-ago period. The company's shares closed down 0.12% to $25.81 on Friday. Hefty increases in wireless customer subscribers last quarter boosted both AT&T ( T) and Verizon ( VZ) shares late in the week. Verizon, whose stock shot up more than 4% Friday immediately following its earnings report, is seeing lots of upside for its growing list of flashy Android smartphones. AT&T activated a record 3.2 million iPhones over the past quarter, which helped bump its second-quarter profit by almost 26%. The company also boosted its outlook and expects strong EPS growth for the rest of 2010. Verizon closed up 3.78% to $28.02 Friday, while AT&T closed up 0.12% to $25.54.