Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Campbell Newman Asset Management Inc. Decreases Position in Apple (AAPL)

Campbell Newman Asset Management Inc. Decreases Position in Apple (AAPL)

Yet while the phone didn't spark the "supercycle" or huge spike in sales that many expected ahead of its fall launch, it has proven both popular and profitable for Apple - sending revenue from Apple's iPhone business up 14 percent, to $38 billion (roughly Rs. 2.53 lakh crores).

Apple shares were trading at $175.60 on Wednesday morning.

Suppliers around the globe had warned of smartphone weakness, playing into fears that the company known for popularizing personal computers, tablets and smartphones had become too reliant on the iPhone. In all, Apple sold 52.2 million iPhones during the fiscal second quarter (a jump of 2.9% over the revious year). The company from Cupertino reported that it earned a revenue of US$61.1 billion (~RM240 billion) during the quarter, with US$13.8 billion (~RM54 billion) profits.

Experts believe that for Apple to gain market share in India, it will have to cut its price which it can not as it will then lose aspirational value for which it charges the premium. "I assume Apple can't find a strategic investment at the current prices that will move the needle for them".

The cash Apple earmarked for stock buybacks is about twice the United States dollars 50 billion market capitalization of electric auto maker Tesla Inc.

The performance has been fantastic for Apple in the Indian market after the reports reflected a 20% rise in revenue, while the strongest stays in Greater China region where the growth rate of 21% year-on-year is seen, in the last 10 quarters. According to Mia Huang, a Taipei-based analyst at Trendforce, the production volume of the iPhone X fell significantly in the most recent quarter.

Concerns are now rising that despite the fact that there was holiday quarter spike in the sales of the iPhone X, the growth fizzled out rapidly.

On an earnings call with analysts, Cook said that he's not anxious that the pool for new iPhone customers is shrinking, despite the fact that people aren't buying high-end phones as frequently as they have in the past.

The iPhone X is doing just fine - at least, according to Apple's latest financial results. However, some investors have said that they wished the company took a different approach. Apple has a one year low of $142.20 and a one year high of $183.50.

In developing the new AR headset, the company is reportedly designing a chip specifically to power it.

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"We are returning the cash to investors as we have promised", Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri told Reuters in an interview. The company's services division which includes iCloud, App Store and Apple Music reported $9.1 billion in revenue.

"We're thrilled to report our best March quarter ever, with strong revenue growth in iPhone, Services and Wearables", Tim Cook said in a press release.

Perhaps more important than the past three months, Apple provided a reassuring outlook for the coming months.

Apple announced that its board has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Tuesday, May 1st that allows the company to repurchase $100.00 billion in shares.

Incidentally, with Apple now having more cash at its disposal thanks to the Republican tax plan, Apple announced a 16% increase to its quarterly dividend. Pegatron Corp, Hai Precision Industry and other key suppliers of Apple indicated that total sales in the March quarter rose by 8% but the growth slowed later sharply. Cook met with President Donald Trump at the White House about his administration's trade policies and tariffs on China, which Apple has publicly criticised.

"And so we're putting a lot of energy there (in India) and working with the carriers in that market and they're investing enormously on LTE networks and the infrastructure has come quite a way since we began to put a lot of energy in there, due to their leadership", he said.

"I don't know how every blow by blow plays out", he said, but "over time" he expects his "very optimistic" outlook on the long-term relationship would be validated.

Apple has already paid $US275 billion to shareholders since 2012. This is an increase of 1.4 million iPhones sold compared to its second quarter sales of 2017.

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