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Apple announced its financial results for Q4 2014 this afternoon and the numbers were big.
Backed by strong iPhone and Mac sales, Apple posted $42.1 billion in quarterly revenue, with $8.5 billion net profits, or $1.42 per diluted share. Both profit and revenue for the quarter bested Apple’s previous record in the year ago quarter.
Sales of the iPhone hit 39.3 million units in the quarter, while iPad sales slumped to 12.3 million. Mac sales continued to surprise with 5.5 million thanks to back-to-school sales, and iPod sales were at 2.6 million units.
Apple also annouced that it is paying a dividend of $0.47 per share starting on November 14th, 2014. Regarding Apple’s earning, CEO Tim Cook released the following statement:
“Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With amazing innovations in our new iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, we are heading into the holidays with Apple’s strongest product lineup ever. We are also incredibly excited about Apple Watch and other great products and services in the pipeline for 2015.”
Apple CFO Luca Maestri says strong business performance led to a record #13.3 billion in cash flow during September. He also noted that the company is still agressively executing its capitol return program, with $20 billion in spending last quarter.
In its quarterly fiscal report for the fourth quarter of 2014 released on Monday, Apple sold more than 5.5 million Macs without colorably adding to the lineup aside from yearly product refreshes and the introduction of price cuts on key devices.
The Cupertino, Calif., company reported Mac sales of 5,520,000 units for the September quarter, a major increase over its previous record-setting quarter in 2011, which saw 4.9 million Macs moved.
The huge numbers are likely a result of price cuts to key products, including $100 to $350 in savings on the popular MacBook Pro lineup in August. Prices were also slashed for the MacBook Air, which in April was priced at $899 for the first time ever.
That marks a new all-time low price point for Apple's notebooks, coinciding with a $200 price cut to the low-end iMac that brought the all-in-one's base model to $1,099.
Consumers in emerging markets have responded particularly aggressively, with Apple CFO Luca Maestri telling analysts that Mac sales grew some 46 percent in the quarter. Sales have increased so significantly that Apple's overall PC marketshare has exploded, with CEO Tim Cook adding that Mac marketshare is at its highest point since 1995.
That is borne out by data from market research firm IDC, which moved Apple into the top 5 global PC makers in its most recent report. The gain is especially impressive given that even the $899 MacBook Air is nearly $600 more expensive than the average Wintel PC.a
Apple has today notified developers about some upcoming rules regarding App Store submission, via its developer news portal. From 1st February 2015, newly-submitted apps and updates must be built against Apple’s iOS 8 SDK. This is not particularly surprising: Apple required similar adoption of the iOS 7 SDK last year.
In addition however, Apple will also require that all apps and updates include 64-bit support from that date too. Currently, developers can choose whether to submit only 32-bit apps or universal binaries. This will no longer be an option from February. Moving all apps to 64-bit will bring big performance and memory gains for newer devices (which include A7 or A8 SoC’s) as running the 32-bit apps necessitates loading a lot of additional resources into system memory.
Existing apps are only affected if they want to submit feature or bug fix updates. Apple will not remove any apps currently on the store today. Luckily, complying to this rule is not particularly difficult. Adding 64-bit support to an app usually only takes a few days of development time at most, even with a big project.
Apple last week unveiled two new iPad models, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 — though only the iPad Air 2 received a significant upgrade — making the new devices available for purchase almost immediately. Many older models are still officially available on Apple’s site and in stores, including the original iPad mini that sells for just $249.
As Forbes points out, from $249 to $829 there are 56 different iPad configurations to choose from, with users having to decide on various factors including size (two options), memory (four choices, but not available across the board), colors (up to three versions), wireless connectivity (two options), and whether they need a fingerprint scanner in their iPad or not.
To help out with the complex process of choosing the right iPad, from the two-year old iPad mini to the extremely thin-and-fast iPad Air 2, the publication has come up with an infographic that walks the user through various steps. From screen size, to LTE, storage and colors, the infographic below could help out with the decision, especially if you’re getting ready to buy an iPad for the first time.
In case you want to compare more iPad specs, such as processor options, cameras, and others, you can also check out Apple’s official iPad comparison tool.