iPhone Sales Help Apple Beat Estimates
But company earnings drop for second straight quarter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2013 5:55 PM CDT
In this June 10, 2013, file photo, people wait for the doors to open for the start of the keynote address at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.   (Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – Apple's latest quarterly report offers a mixed bag: On the negative side, the results confirm that the iPhone maker's growth has stalled along with its pace of innovation. But on the bright side, sales of those iPhones were better than expected and helped the company beat analyst estimates. The results announced today mark the second straight quarter that Apple's earnings have fallen from the previous year after a decade of steadily rising profits. The company earned $6.9 billion, or $7.47 per share, in its fiscal third quarter, a 22% drop from $8.8 billion, or $9.32 per share.

Despite the erosion, Apple fared slightly better than analysts had anticipated. That helped lift Apple's stock by $22.01, or more than 5%, to $441 in extended trading after the financial results came out. The shares remain down by more than 35% since the latest model of the iPhone came out 10 months ago. Revenue totaled $35.3 billion versus $35 billion a year ago. As usual, Apple was propelled by its iPhone sales. The company sold 31.2 million units in the quarter, a 20% increase from the same time year ago. But many people were evidently buying the earlier generations of the smartphone, which cost less than the latest model and generate smaller profit margins for the company.

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Jul 24, 2013 5:26 AM CDT
I Phones and the whole mess are expensive toys and status symbols for people who otherwise can't afford them. You can get any one a number of prepays and spend 40.00 a month. You can’t send out photos of your weenie. I work in an electronics store and sell 3G and 4G phones and plans that people spend thousands on. Many are constantly in the store because they can't figure out how to use them. If you need a computer you can carry get a good small tablet for a couple of hundred dollars.
Jul 23, 2013 8:16 PM CDT
I know that we are in big jam if we are relying on phone sale to boost our economy. Nothing changed and republican Congress seats on their hands pretending democrats are stalling all the laws.
Jul 23, 2013 5:58 PM CDT
Apple's using Mom's Eyephone sales method.