Apple's earnings call this quarter revealed news that was very much in line with the trends we've been seeing from the Cupertino company in years past: For the most part, device sales were up, but sales of the iPad continued the downward slide we've been seeing for a while. On the plus side, research firm IDC (via MacRumors) shows that Apple still maintains a healthy lead over its competitors in the tablet market.
Apple held its quarterly earnings call today, and the report from CEO Tim Cook follows the general trend we've been seeing for some months now. Device sales are generally up for year-over-year, with the notable exception of the iPad (which has witnesses sales drops of 8 percent in the past 12 months). But there's an important statistic among all these numbers—since 2008, the Cupertino giant has paid over 20 billion to its iOS developers.
Feeling kinda hungry? Well then, this week's got some tasty tidbits to tease your tastebuds as well as a few new games worth your time. Plus, if you wanted to get a little FaceTime in, you'd best be packing the latest iOS, and at last, Google slinks out of the shadows. All that and more, plus the latest skinny on Apple's latest worst kept secret, the iWatch.
After a decade as chief financial officer during Apple's biggest financial windfall in history, Peter Oppenheimer is riding off into the sunset of retirement later this year, no longer the voice of Cupertino's quarterly financial calls.
Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for the 2013 holiday season next Monday, but many of its partners are already doing the same, including Verizon, which sold a lot of smartphones over the past three months — but won't say how many of them were of the iPhone variety. Kind of a bummer for those who like to follow such facts and figures, but something tells us the news will be worth the wait next week. In the meantime, on with the recap show!
Fourth-placed U.S. carrier T-Mobile may not be in that position for very long if they keep having quarterly earnings reports like this, with more than a million new customers added to its "uncarrier" ranks.
It's too early to know what the news from Apple's fourth-quarter earnings call means for the company's ongoing success, but the folks over at Cupertino have plenty of cause for celebration. Follow three consecutive quarters of slipping sales, Apple's sales growth is now on the rebound. The actual profits from year-over-year sales may still be down, but that may change if the good news coming from Apple maintains its trajectory.
It's been almost a week since Apple's media event that unveiled more products than you could shake a stick at, which means that pundits have had ample time to scrutinize the keynote and weigh in on the fate of the company. Overall, the event lacked surprises, but all of the free software available the same day certainly was enough for us. Hungry for more? Tune into Cupertino's quarterly earnings call, which kicks off in just a few short hours...