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Apple's profit is flat due to higher manufacturing costs

While Apple managed to surpass analysts' profit forecasts for the fiscal 2013 first quarter, the company's stock took a tumble as investors worry over Apple's ability to maintain steady growth with new products.

Apple reported a revenue of $54.5 billion for the quarter ended December 29, 2012, compared to $46.33 billion in the year-ago quarter. The tech giant just missed analyst expectations of $54.73 billion.

Apple also earned a net profit of $13.1 billion ($13.81 a share) compared to $13.1 billion ($13.87 a share) a year ago. Profit clearly remained pretty flat, but it exceeded analysts' expectations of $13.44 a share.

The iDevice maker also noted that it had record iPhone sales for the quarter at 47.8 million (compared to 37 million in the year-ago quarter). It also had an uptick in iPad sales, from 15.4 million in the year ago quarter to 22.9 million in the most recent quarter.

“We’re thrilled with record revenue of over $54 billion and sales of over 75 million iOS devices in a single quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re very confident in our product pipeline as we continue to focus on innovation and making the best products in the world.”

While Apple did okay for the quarter, investors are concerned with the company's flat profit due to higher manufacturing costs and also worry whether Apple can keep up its momentum with product popularity. Many new devices are hitting the market at lower prices and offer newer, better features. For instance, the iPad's market share was bested by Google's Nexus 7 tablet in Japan mainly due to cost differences.

Apple's stock has lost nearly 25 percent of its value since September 2012 ($170 billion in market value).

In after-hours trading today, Apple's stock fell over 10 percent.

Looking forward to fiscal 2013 second quarter, Apple expects a revenue of between $41 billion and $43 billion.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple had cut iPhone screen and component orders by 50 percent for the first quarter of 2013.

Source: Apple



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By retrospooty on 1/24/2013 4:32:44 PM , Rating: 2
I agree its about choices. Its just that there are alot better choices available on android these days. And no its not all about size, its also better res, higher DPI etc. I can say the same right back at you. the few things the iPhone does well arent all that matters to everyone... Choices.


By TakinYourPoints on 1/24/2013 4:49:25 PM , Rating: 2
Higher DPI once you get past 300 (250 really) is a questionable improvement. You already cannot distinguish individual pixels in those cases, except now with 440 PPI you're putting an even bigger strain on the GPU hardware to render things smoothly. That's something 4.1 still has issues with compared to iOS and WP7/8. Increasing pixel count for no practical gain is not an advantage.

And again, I've said repeatedly that the things the iPhone does well (performance, apps, polish, support, battery life) aren't for everyone. If you want bigger screens, keyboards, removable batteries, sideloading, and tinkering with your homescreen, then Android is clearly the choice for you. I've never said otherwise.

Hell, I've recommended Windows Phone for years, long before it became "cool" to do so with the newer Nokia devices. I think in many ways it has the best mobile UI out there, and the only thing holding back applications are the number of users it has. Its SDK is better than anything else out there.


By retrospooty on 1/24/2013 6:50:19 PM , Rating: 2
"Higher DPI once you get past 300 (250 really) is a questionable improvement."

Not true... 440+ is overkill, but on a 4.5-4.8 inch screen, PPI is starting to get a bit low... A 5 inch screen after 1280x720 they could have gone with 1600x900 and been fine, but the LCD makers went to 1920x1080, so it is what it is. What else it is, is an advantage. Its higher res and its better DPI on a better screen. That is superior x 3. Anything you say to the contrary is a cop out and you know it. :P

"And again, I've said repeatedly that the things the iPhone does well (performance, apps, polish, support, battery life) aren't for everyone. If you want bigger screens, keyboards, removable batteries, sideloading, and tinkering with your homescreen, then Android is clearly the choice for you. I've never said otherwise."

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