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Apple warns on holiday sales, sending value below $1 trillion

Apple warns on holiday sales, sending value below $1 trillion

Unsurprisingly, the iPhone remains the top dog with more than 46 million units sold during the last quarter, bringing in $37 billion in revenue, more than half of the company's total.

Analysts have long used iPhone unit sales and average sale price to gauge the overall health of Apple's business, given the smartphone's importance to the company's overall results. However, on a year-to-year basis, there was a six per cent decrease in the number of iPads sold, from 10.3 million in Q4, 2017. Shares fell more than 6 percent - a decline that, if it holds, could threaten Apple's status as the only USA company with a valuation of more than $1 trillion. Apple hasn't launched any notable new offerings lately in this category, which includes iCloud and Apple Music subscriptions, app downloads, and iTunes video purchases.

Apple's App store has felt the impact of a "moratorium" on Chinese approvals for new games, but that is a domestic issue, he added.

It isn't the first time when iPhone has failed to receive the response from the market as expected by Apple and many analysts. Those markets are not growing the way we would like to see. It lists iPhone, iPad, Mac, Services, and Other products separately and investors like the transparency this provides.

Apple's Services business reported a 17 percent increase in revenue to $9.98 billion.

Campling said that it now appears that Apple will give commentary when it has good news, but not when things are bad. Raising prices on hardware while pushing further into all kinds of cash-generating services combined to help Apple report a healthy 20% gain in revenue to nearly $63 billion.

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And, to make it look a strategic decision, Apple will also be hiding the sales figures of iPad and Mac.

Apple said it expects between $89 billion and $93 billion in revenue for its fiscal first quarter ending in December, with a midpoint of $91 billion coming in below Wall Street expectations of $93 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

"This is a little bit like if you go to the market and you push your cart up to the cashier and she says or he says, 'How many units do you have in there?'" Cook said. But it's tough to continue to double sales every year - in order for iPhone sales to keep that pace, in 2018 Apple would have needed to sell roughly 10 billion phones.

This quarter saw the reveal of the iPhone XS and XS Max, but only a fraction of those sales contribute to these numbers because of the handsets' late release date. For the quarter gone by, Apple posted revenue of $62.9 billion and an EPS of $2.91, both staggering figures. Apple decided to make a couple of big changes to the information it discloses every quarter.

The Cupertino, California company's struggle to break through with India's 1.3 billion consumers swung more sharply into focus this week after Apple blamed a disappointing set of sales forecasts on a handful of big emerging markets.