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Apple posts impressive Q4 earnings as revenue hits $64 billion

Updated Oct 29th, 2020 4:57PM EDT
Apple Earnings Q4 2020

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  • In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Apple managed to generate $64 billion in revenue during the September quarter.
  • Apple’s earnings report does not include sales of the recently released iPhone 12.

When Apple posted its earnings for the June quarter a few months back, the results were startling, to say the least. Despite a coronavirus pandemic that left millions of people unemployed and some Apple retail stores closed for months on end, the company managed to post an astounding $59.7 billion in revenue while also beating analyst estimates for earnings.

Fast forward a few months and Apple earlier today posted its earnings report for the company’s fourth fiscal quarter. When the dust settled, Apple posted $64 billion in revenue and EPS of $0.73. As a point of comparison, Apple during the same quarter a year-ago posted revenue of $64 billion, a quarterly profit of $13.7 billion, and EPS of $3.03. It’s worth noting that iPhone 12 sales were not included in the recent earnings report as the device was released later than usual due to the coronavirus.

Is this a blowout quarter? Not exactly. Still, it’s impressive when you take into account the ongoing pandemic and the delayed release of the iPhone 12.

As to what analysts on Wall St. were anticipating, many were expecting Apple to deliver revenue in the range of $64 billion and EPS to fall somewhere between $0.69 and $0.72. Recall that Apple implemented a 4-1 stock split earlier in the year which is why the EPS figure appears lower than usual.

“Apple capped off a fiscal year defined by innovation in the face of adversity with a September quarter record, led by all-time records for Mac and Services,” Tim Cook said in a press release. “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. From remote learning to the home office, Apple products have been a window to the world for users as the pandemic continues, and our teams have met the needs of this moment with creativity, passion, and the kinds of big ideas that only Apple can deliver.”

Product wise, the iPhone accounted for $26.4 billion in revenue, the Mac accounted for $9 billion in revenue, the iPad accounted for $6.7 in revenue, the wearables division accounted for $7.8 billion in revenue, and lastly, the Services division generated $14.5 billion in revenue.

As a point of comparison, Apple during the recent June quarter generated $26.42 billion in revenue from the iPhone, $6.58 billion from the iPad, $7.08 billion from the Mac, $6.45 billion from its wearables division, and $13.6 billion from its burgeoning Services business.


Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.