Apple's strong Q3 driven by iPhone and Mac sales

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During a quarter in which Apple bought Beats, launched new desktop and mobile operating systems and released its least expensive iMac ever, the company also enhanced profits, grew earnings and offered more iPhones and Macs than in 2013.

Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones and 4.4 million Macs, an increase of 13 % and 18 % compared with Q3 of 2013, respectively.

It was not all rosy for Apple. iPad sales fell for the second straight quarter, to 13.3 million, a reduction of 9 %. Apple’s earnings also disappointed Commercial expectations by about $600 million dollars.

Dollars and cents

Apple published quarterly income of $37.4 billion (about ₤ 21.9 b, AU$ 39.8 b) throughout the 3rd quarter of 2014, an increase of 6 % compared to the very same quarter in 2013.

Apple also reported a net profit of $7.7 billion (about ₤ 4.5 b, AU$ 8.2 b) throughout the quarter, an 11 % boost compared with last year. Operating costs increased 16 % to $4.4 billion (about ₤ 2.5 b, AU$ 4.68 b) during the quarter.

‘Our record June quarter profits was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the ongoing development of profits from the Apple environment,’ said Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive Officer, in an earnings statement. ‘We’re unbelievably delighted about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, in addition to other brand-new services and products that we cannot wait to introduce.’

Apple’s fourth quarter

During the last quarter of Apple’s financial year, it’s expected to present a brand-new iPhone and to supply customers with a nicer concept of how the Beat venture will suit it’s total ecosystem.

The iPhone 6 is the most awaited smartphone ever. Industry professionals forecast the phone will be released in September of this year.

Apple is also anticipated to announce the iWatch eventually throughout 2014. Nevertheless, it’s quickly unclear if and when this will certainly take place.

Apple’s busy third quarter

During the third quarter of 2014, Apple purchased Beats for $3 billion (about ₤ 1.79 b, AU$ 3.25 b). The bargain consisted of Beats Music, the business’s streaming subscription music service, along with its Beats Electronics hardware and audio software application.

Apple likewise presented its least expensive iMac to strike the marketplace. The new design, a low-power 21.5-inch iMac for $1,099 (about ₤ 899, AU$ 1349), minimized the expense of Apple’s many budget friendly model by $200. The iMac includes a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and a 500GB hard disk drive.

At its yearly designers conference, Apple likewise presented Yosemite and iOS 8, which will certainly showcase tighter Mac integration, looser constraints on Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensing unit, and new software application kits made to enhance security and wellness gizmos.

Apple and the enterprise market

Apple also made inroads into the venture market. The company formed an unique partnership with IBM on a significant initiative to bring more iOS gadgets and solutions to the workplace. As part of the deal, IBM will develop even more than 100 industry-specific apps established exclusively for Apple’s mobile devices.

As part of its iOS 8 launch, Apple revealed brand-new functions developed particularly for enterprise developers. Upgrades included automatic gadget registration and enhanced data security. The enhancements allow organizations to have iOS devices pre-loaded with appropriate mail, apps and calendar setups.

Apple is expected to make numerous acquisitions in the third quarter. At the beginning of Q3, Apple said it would raise $17 billion (about ₤ 10b, or AU$ 18.3 b) in a bond offering. The money produced would supposedly be used to money a share buyback and to initiate a round of acquisitions.

During Q2, Apple offered 43.7 million iPhones and 16.3 million iPads.