Apple Sales Inch Up 1% in September Quarter, iPhone Revenue Drops 21% Ahead of New Model Launches

Apple raked in record revenue of $64.7 billion for the September 2020 quarter, although that was up just 1% year-over-year. The tech giant’s Service business revenue rose 16%, to $14.55 billion in the period, also a record.

However, sales of Apple’s flagship iPhone plunged in the quarter — down 21% — ahead of the rollout of its latest iPhone 12 smartphones in October.

The tech company topped Wall Street estimates on the top and bottom lines, posting earnings per diluted share of 73 cents (a decline from 76 cents the year prior). Total net income was $12.67 billion, down about $1 billion from the year-earlier quarter. International sales accounted for 59% of the quarter’s revenue.


Shares of Apple were down 4% in after-hours trading. Apple, the largest tech company in the world by market cap, posted lower growth overall than Big Tech peers Amazon, Google and Facebook did for Q3.

Apple’s most recent financial results don’t include sales of the new iPhone 12 line, its first 5G-enabled smartphones, which began shipping Oct. 23. During the September quarter, iPhone sales came in at $26.44 billion, down from $33.36 billion in the year-ago period.

CEO Tim Cook boasted of the all-time record revenue for Apple’s Service segment as well for its Mac computers, but didn’t address the iPhone slump in the most recent quarter in his prepared remarks.

“Despite the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Apple is in the midst of our most prolific product introduction period ever, and the early response to all our new products, led by our first 5G-enabled iPhone lineup, has been tremendously positive,” Cook said.

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