January 29, 2019
Apple Jan. 29 reported first-quarter (ended Dec. 29, 2018) revenue from the iPhone fell 15% to $52 billion from $61.1 billion during the previous-year period.
Apple attributed the lower than anticipated revenue to sluggish sales in China and emerging markets.
“We believe there are other factors broadly impacting our iPhone performance, including consumers adapting to a world with fewer carrier subsidies, U.S. dollar strength-related price increases, and some customers taking advantage of significantly reduced pricing for iPhone battery replacements,” CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.
While the downturn forced Apple to revise its fiscal guidance, the company continued to fire on all cylinders in other business segments.
Apple services revenue, which includes sales of digital movies and TV shows on iTunes and Apple TV, generated a record $10.9 billion – up nearly 20% from last year.
The segment, which also includes AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services, is on track to double in size from 2016 to 2020.
Overall, Apple posted quarterly revenue of $84.3 billion, a decline of 5% from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $4.18, up 7.5%. International sales accounted for 62% of the quarter’s revenue.