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It may not be able to do so in the future, though

Apple managed to meet analyst expectations regarding its second quarter earnings report, and even plans to dole out additional cash to investors. 

For Q2 2013 that ended March 30, Apple posted a net profit of $9.5 billion ($10.09 per diluted share). However, profit was down 18 percent compared to the same period last year; this was Apple's first year-over-year profut decline in nearly 10 years. Revenue came in at $43.6 billion, which was a boost from $39.2 billion in the year-ago quarter. 

Analysts expected around $10.07 per share on revenue of $42.5 billion.

Second quarter sales were at 37.4 million iPhones, 19.5 million iPads and a little under 4 million Macs. 

“We are very fortunate to be in a position to more than double the size of the capital return program we announced last year,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said in the statement. “We believe so strongly that repurchasing our shares represents an attractive use of our capital that we have dedicated the vast majority of the increase in our capital return program to share repurchases.”

Apple now has $145 billion in cash, and the board announced that it will return an extra $55 billion in cash to shareholders as part of a capital program that was introduced in March 2012. The board said it will double the $45 billion cash-return program, intending to up the spend on share repurchases and buybacks to $100 billion through the end of 2015.

For Q3 2013, Apple expects sales of $33.5 billion-$35.5 billion and gross margin is expected between 36 percent and 37 percent. Analysts were anticipating Q3 sales of $39.34 billion and gross margin of 38.8 percent. 

Many investors weren’t expecting the best figures to come from Apple’s quarterly earnings report this time around, mainly because the Cupertino-based company has had a pretty tough year – and it shows in the company’s stock price. Apple shares have fallen from $702.10 in September to $406.13 at the time of this article. The stock price plunged to $400 after supplier Cirrus Logic Inc. warned investors that its margins had weakened. This is indicative of Apple’s weak sales of flagship devices because Cirrus's chip stock fluctuates mainly with the sales of Apple's devices – since that’s its largest customer.
Apple ditched Google Maps as its main iOS maps app in favor of its own in-house service last year. Apple Maps debuted with the iOS 6 launch in September, but the application failed miserably when it came to navigation and geography. Apple CEO Tim Cook was even forced to apologize for the mishap.
Beyond the mapping issues, Apple had a huge executive shakeup in 2012. In October, Apple Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall was booted from the company as a result of the poor job on the maps app. John Browett, head of Apple Retail, was fired at the same time for orchestrating a failed retail hiring formula. A month later, Richard Williamson -- manager of the Apple mapping team – was fired as well.
Competition from Google’s Android operating system and it’s key hardware maker Samsung has posed a huge threat toward Apple, too. Apple's iPhone only represented about 19 percent of worldwide smartphone shipments in 2012 while all Android-powered smartphones accounted for about 70 percent. Android will even beat Apple in the tablet sector this year, according to a new report from IDC.According to IDC, iPad shipments are expected to make up 46 percent of the tablet market for 2013, down from 51 percent in 2012. Android-powered tablets are expected to increase their market share to 49 percent in 2013, up from 42 percent in 2012.

Samsung is expected to break another profit record for its fiscal Q2 2013 quarterly earnings, with an earnings guidance of $7.7 billion USD profit (up from $5 billion USD in the year-ago quarter).

Apple and Google are even branching out to another competitive realm in mobile electronics: wearable technology. Google is now offering its Google Glass headset (which is an augmented reality device) for $1,500 to early adopters and Apple is developing a smart watch, which could be released as early as this year. Microsoft is said to be working on a smart watch, too.
Apple showed a bit of fear in March during the eve of the Samsung Galaxy S IV launch. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, told The Wall Street Journal that Android's fragmentation was "plain and simple" and that Android-powered devices are the kinds of phones that are given as free replacements to feature phones. He also said that iOS is a much more smooth experience because Apple is responsible for both the hardware and software.
While Apple clearly had a ton of problems to contend with over the year, one of the major worries that investors have is whether Apple can continue to create innovative products and keep up with the likes of Samsung/Google. Many have complained that the iPhone has only had very minimal changes over the years, and that competitors are taking greater risks as far as hardware/software design and functionality.

Apple is looking to improve, however, with recent efforts like bringing hardware and software design teams together for greater collaboration. This could mean greater, more innovative products on the way.

Source: Yahoo News

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RE: Odd coincidence
By retrospooty on 4/25/2013 2:48:31 PM , Rating: 1
"I don't understand Android cheerleading about marketshare when the majority of it is based on low end devices, not phones like the HTC One or DNA."

That is because you are an Apple cheerleader if ever there was one.

"This applies to Android users perfectly, lots and lots of cheap devices that sell in massive quantities"

Those "Android users" that buy cheap phones aren't really any OS's "users" the vast majority of people don't know or care about the OS, they just use the phone, click their email and browse the web from time to time, GPS and whatever else they have + a few games and dont care to pay a premium price to do it. THAT is part of the greatness of Android. It's flexible. It covers and support everything from low end cheap phones that dont have alot or do alot, to high end phones that have amazing screens and feature sets that make IOS look like a beginner smartphone. Big ones, small ones, qwerty ones, high res, low res, medium res, medium low, medium high, everything at every level. What's not to get? It's freegin easy to make one phone with one res option that suits one type of buyer.

RE: Odd coincidence
By TakinYourPoints on 4/29/2013 8:32:48 PM , Rating: 2
That's cool, and its great that that Android caters to low end users.

That said, I don't like my platform being defined by the lowest common denominator. This continues to make Android a second rate platform. However, if you like trading developer support with gimmicks like air gestures in your flagship phones, because why have the precision of touching your screen when you can wave your hand in the air instead, then be my guest.

Who knows, maybe they still can't get touch responsiveness up to snuff so waving in the air is the best they can do, kind of like how OEMs are incapable or making a good trackpad so now Microsoft is pushing touchscreens on laptops.

Who knows.

RE: Odd coincidence
By retrospooty on 4/29/2013 8:43:13 PM , Rating: 2
"I don't like my platform being defined by the lowest common denominator. "

Apparently you missed the part about the high end Androids being far higher than your aging iPhone.

"if you like trading developer support with gimmicks like air gestures in your flagship phones,"

Apparently you missed the 20+ other features that Android supports that your aging platform doesn't.

"Who knows, maybe they still can't get touch responsiveness up to snuff "

You are really reaching now on that.

I get that you care about apps more than anything, but you simply cant deny that your iPhone is BADLY in need of updating, upgrading and adding a few dozen features that the other more modern phones support. Wait... I forget who I am talking to... The "clandestine biased amigo" :P

RE: Odd coincidence
By TakinYourPoints on 5/1/2013 2:33:10 AM , Rating: 3
Which high end Androids are better? One device that just came out benchmarks faster in practical tests, as to be expected, and it is still hamstrung by fragmentation and developers still treating it as a second-class platform.

Apparently you missed the 20+ other features that Android supports that your aging platform doesn't.

Ah yes, gmmicks like swipe-to-scroll, because that's so much better than actually touching the screen. I've seen you name-check panorama as well, a feature that was in iOS apps since 2009.

but you simply cant deny that your iPhone is BADLY in need of updating

Almost everything you bring up happens to be UI related, something that pales in comparison to developer support once the UI is good enough.

Are flashy bits really worth jumping up and down over? I prefer practical utility and logical design.

Do you complain about Windows 7 being essentially the same as Windows 98? I don't, I may have some issues with the UI but it works well enough and I know that developers are still putting lots of effort on it.

Honestly, the Android UI isn't even that amazing to begin with, not enough to make as much noise as you do. Most of it is either stuff that was already in iOS, was catch-up, or are gimmick-fests like much of TouchWiz.

You don't seem to understand that trading widgets for better applications, polish, and stability is an excellent trade for many of us. If you like those things, great, and if you like giant size phones, good for you, but you have to understand that Android features (again, most of which are either gimmicks or catch-up) are actually a downgrade in many ways for those of us that lean on better 3rd party apps rather than a limited set of baked in features.

If you were on WP8 then I could kind of see bragging about the UI, but as it stands you're like a Kia owner bragging about his car. Giant WTF. Just enjoy what you have, whatever.

RE: Odd coincidence
By retrospooty on 5/1/2013 8:16:12 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... Ya, that list is all flashy and gimmicks... Okeedokee.

RE: Odd coincidence
By TakinYourPoints on 5/6/2013 2:02:47 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, lots of gimmicks. Seems like superficial features and ideology drives your purchase decisions rather than practical utility, things like third parties adding more capabilities beyond what is baked in.

Its the same reason why I use Windows over some Linux desktop that I've customized with CompWiz UI and all sorts of flashy things to spruce up the desktop. You sound like one of those Linux guys who compromises apps because you have "more control" over your OS and Microsoft is the big baddie.

RE: Odd coincidence
By retrospooty on 5/6/2013 8:33:22 AM , Rating: 1
Most of them are highly useful, if you dont personally use use it, doesn't make it a gimmick. The vast majority of that giant list of features IOS is missing is just that "features IOS is missing".

Comparing Windows to Linux is a huge difference in apps. Comparing Android to IOS is a small difference. I feel like I have said this before, but there isnt anything you can do on Android that you cant on IOS, there is a TON of things you can do on Windows that you cannot on Linux. Totally off comparison.

The fact that you think that is an apt comparison either shows you are clueless or full of shit, neither of which interest me.

RE: Odd coincidence
By TakinYourPoints on 5/7/2013 1:45:06 AM , Rating: 2
You can actually do LOTS of things on Linux that you can do on Windows and OS X. It is actually totally possible to replace everything you do on those with Linux.

Now, the alternatives are mostly second and third rate, but it is there. It is the exact same difference when looking at iOS and Android, even moreso on tablets since almost all developers are just upscaling phone apps rather than optimizing for bigger screens.

It makes sense, devs make money on iOS so it'll either get the best exclusives or the best ports. It the same as XBox 360 games versus their ports for the Wii. Again, this comes down to where developers are making the most money. Fragmentation and SDKs are other reasons why Android has worse software, but that is all secondary to money. Android has enough users where it'll still get the blockbusters like Netflix and Angry Birds, and it eventually gets the basic iOS staples like Instapaper. On the flip side, WP8 and RT have excellent SDKs but really bad app markets. You need customers as well.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs

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