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AAPL will announce record quarter, predict analysts, with earnings up 11.9%


Analysts are predicting that Apple (AAPL) will announce record sales and earnings in today’s fiscal Q4 (calendar Q3) earnings call, reports Fortune.

I’ve got the collected fiscal Q4 estimates of 33 Apple analysts — 21 professionals and 12 amateurs. They are all to a man (and one woman) predicting record Q4 sales and earnings (up 7.1% and 11.9%, respectively).

The analysts also expect earnings per share to be up 12% year-on-year, to $1.32 … 

The average expectation was for Apple to be at the top end of its gross margin guidance of 37-38%, and to slightly exceed the high-end of its revenue guidance of $37-40B, at $40.13B.

Apple never predicts product sales numbers, but the analysts are expecting iPhone sales of 38.89M (up 12.1%) and Mac sales of 4.83M (up 5.7%).

The news will, they think, be less good for iPad sales, which they predict will have fallen by 6.5% to 13.17M. iPad sales have been down for each of the past two quarters, and analysts have previously suggested that weak iPad sales may be here to stay. Unsurprisingly, they expect iPod sales to continue their slide towards irrelevance, expecting a 33.7% drop to just 2.32M units as consumers use iPhones as their portable music devices.

While the iPhone went on sale in China too late to impact Q4 AAPL financials, it’s likely that Tim Cook will share some early numbers. Fortune reports that every model is currently out of stock in Chinese Apple stores.

As always, Fortune has shared the complete table of analyst predictions (below), ready to praise those closest to the mark and embarrass those miles from it.

We’ll of course be bringing you the AAPL numbers as soon as they are announced, together with live coverage of the conference call. You can also listen in live yourself.


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  1. Mosha - 8 years ago

    Sound like another great quarter! SELL SELL SELL…….wait

  2. Jesse (@matrix_prime) - 8 years ago

    Annnnd the stock will tank, as it usually does during this call.

  3. I ordered a new iMac 2 weeks ago, and hasn’t been shipped yet, if it isn’t shipped today, I will go with another supplier, I have a hard time waiting that long for a $2500 piece of equipment. Amazon can get me anything I want in 2 days and the Apple online store has failed on this, even after I called last week and talked to a real person, the online store says it is available to ship in 1-2 business days.

    • Ernie K (@_ernie) - 8 years ago

      Go get the iMac from Amazon then.

    • Wallace Gary - 8 years ago

      I feel you on that man I ordered a iPhone 6 Plus Space Gray 128 GB on September 12th and still no delivery, iTs now October 20th! I ordered from and got the my phone Wednesday night and got my phone Friday afternoon …..

  4. Dick Applebaum - 8 years ago


    Err … the new iMac was announced on the 18th — exactly 4 days ago. I ordered day 1 — it was listed as Available to ship: 2-3 business days … that’s business days … today is the 2nd business day since announcement. Mine shipped early this AM from Shanghai. I opted for special shipping — of 2 business days after shipping … Estimated delivery: Wed 10/22/2014 by 10:30 am

    Interesting that the Available to ship:is now 3-5 business days …

  5. Dick Applebaum - 8 years ago

    I meant:


    Err … the new iMac was announced on the 16th — exactly 4 days ago.

  6. jrox16 - 8 years ago

    Stock price will drop because the increase wasn’t 11.95%.

  7. theremster (@theremster) - 8 years ago

    Yet again the amateurs are much closer to the facts than the “professionals”. Laughable.


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