Apple's fourth quarter beats Street expectations; 39.3 million iPhones sold

Apple's fourth quarter beats Street expectations; 39.3 million iPhones sold
Apple has released its earnings numbers for the fiscal fourth quarter. The company beat expectations by netting $8.5 billion for the three month period. That worked out to $1.42 a share, beating Wall Street expectations of $1.31. At $42.1 billion, revenue topped Wall Street's expectations as well as Apple's forecast. Gross margins of 38% were inside forecasts of 37% to 40%.

Apple sold 39.3 million iPhones during the period, which was up 16% from the 33.8 million units sold in last year's fiscal fourth quarter. The company continues to see slumping iPad sales. Apple's tablet sold 12.3 million units in the quarter, a drop of 12.8% from the 14.1 million units it sold in last year's fourth quarter.

The number of iPhones sold in the period topped the 38 million that Wall Street expected. It also does not include the huge Chinese market. Unlike last year when China was part of the initial launch of the device, the two new models were not released in the country until October 17th. This year, Apple sold two versions of its smartphone, both with larger sized screens. The Apple iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch screen while the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is equipped with a 5.5-inch glass.

source: Reuters

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

breaking news?

2. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

iPhoneArena...Remember? XD

13. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Lol, iPhoneArena? You're joking right? This is by far the worst site for being absolutely riddled with Fandroidgeek disease, it's awful!

16. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I believe there was a poll recently and Android users FAR outnumbered iPhone users on this site.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The users have nothing to do with the iPhonearena monike. The content does. Of course Android users outnumber iOS users here, they outnumber them by more than 4:1 in the whole world. Not that I think this site is overly biased site, just some of their writers are.

27. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Yes. I was joking. Just love starting a Fanboy-war. Makes eating popcorn more entertaining! XD (Much original joke)

47. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I know right? An article about Apple fourth quarter earning numbers which is completely normal and there is no bias or anything opinion based about it and all you get is Fandroid say stupid stuff like iPhoneArena. It's pretty sad. This website used to be simple and there was almost no hate until all the the current stupid Fandroids came around and ruined it. It's not the first website I've seen where this happens. It's like a pest. As a android user I hate when someone says I'm a fandroid or something like that because they're comparing me to the fandroids on websites like this.

77. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Sadly I'd have to agree. So many websites and forums have been ruined over recent years by 'fandroids'. It's now impossible to find any site where you can avoid these types of people. Other than brief spurts on forums, I've more or less checked out of them completely as they're just full of trolls now.

49. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Fandroid, Androidtaku, Fandroidgeek, it's sad that people these days are trying to make these names offensive but failed to do so. I honestly think that names like Fandroid is not offensive at all, it's more like a normal name, unlike iSheep which sounds offensive but all these names are created by trolls, biased fanboys, media in the tech world anyways.

65. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

If they were iPhonearena they would've kissed Apple's behind and defend the bendgate issue like Appleinsider and The Verge.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

breaking news apple has released a big iphone after 7 years of telling everyone nobody wanted it. bigger than bigger tag line is lame too lol

12. Chaseism

Posts: 82; Member since: May 08, 2013

Technically Steve Jobs said that...and he's dead. Companies change depending on the leadership involved. You can keep harking back to Jobs, but like it or not, this is Tim Cook's Apple.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You sir deserve this +1.

21. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

You crashed that poor boy :(

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Plus 10 bro

63. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

The point is NOT only what Jobs said, but what his zombies was repeating after that. Right?

20. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

so lame that it sells like crazy

58. AlikMalix unregistered

Actually: steve said that 3.5" was the best size phone for one-handed use. And that no one needs a bigger phone. So, YES, 3.5" is easiest to use anything bigger than 4" is difficult. And YES you do not need a bigger phone - you prefer a bigger phone. There's absolutely nothing wrong with what he said. First Trolls were jabbing that Apple doesnt make a bigger screen. Now that Apple is catering to those that DO prefer a bigger screen, you keep jabbing at what it used to do before.... What was your argument again?

23. 777light777

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

*Only 25,000,000 have been . . . . . . . . . . iBent. GOOD JOB APPLE! ;D

3. bored_guy147

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

Only because of the increasing amount of techheads

4. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

who the f**king cares , here in russia i saw just two peoples with ip6 , everybody start avoiding apple now , so phonearena plz dont start sucking apples balls too after samsung :)

8. Rydsmith unregistered

People in Russia can afford iPhones? (I kid...kind of. When looking at GDP it is a bit hard hitting)

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You care since you came to this article, wrote a comment and actually hit the post button. :)

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude how about leaving the site then. Tech site, tech news, and it usually focuses on the major companies.

5. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Not a shocker, more consumers have access to iPhones more will buy it.

7. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

why they acting like Q4 is over already??

10. Rydsmith unregistered

Fiscal Quarter...

11. Guti986

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

Its for Apple's fiscal year. Not calendar year 2014

9. hitmantb

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Apple profit > Google + Microsoft combined, doubled Samsung on the same quarter. 15-20% market share, 70% of profit in smartphone business, just pure dominance. Apple is far more than a pure technology company that competes on specs. It created a cultural symbol, made gadgets cool and is about to enter the fashion business with the watches. Their dominance should continue until Cook retires.

18. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Samsung had similar net earning last year with $9.5b. I think Samsung had bad 2014 but they can revive quickly..however Samsung has much larger revenues and cash flow compared to all the companies u mentioned above. I still believe that Apple's profit margin will be much higher but it won't be a surprise if Apple in near future loses to Samsung in terms of net profit like before.

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