World’s leading technology company Apple quarterly profit reported a high jump, however, shares slid down on the weaker than expected iPhone sales.
Apple reported net profit increased to 32 percent to $14.1 billion on revenue that was up 20 percent to $62.9 billion with help from growing sales of digital content and services to of users and other Apple gadgetry.
However, the market was disappointed by word that Apple fell short of expectations with iPhone sales of 46.9 million iPhones and its forecast was not as robust as anticipated.
Apple shares slipped 4.2 percent to $212.85 in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings figures.
“We’re thrilled to report another record-breaking quarter that caps a tremendous fiscal 2018, the year in which we shipped our two billionth iOS device, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the App Store and achieved the strongest revenue and earnings in Apple’s history,” said Apple chief executive Tim Cook.
The average selling price for iPhones in the freshly updated product line was $793, indicating that Apple was able to deliver more of its priciest handsets.
The results closed out Apple’s fiscal fourth quarter ending September 29 and set the stage for the crucial holiday period.
Chief financial officer Luca Maestri said it was Apple’s best September quarter on record, with revenue growing double digits everywhere it does business around the world.
“We set September quarter revenue records for iPhone and Wearables and all-time quarterly records for Services and Mac,” Maestri said.
Apple forecast that it would bring in between $89 billion and $93 billion in the current quarter.
Apple this week unveiled a new version of its MacBook Air laptop, this time made of recycled aluminum, as well as a new Mac Mini and an iPad Pro, all pricier than their predecessors.
Apple also unveiled a new version of its iPad Pro tablet with an edge to edge screen that boasts a faster processor. The major highlight is that it includes features from the latest iPhones.
The changes are part of an effort to overhaul a product that has seen sliding sales in recent years.