Apple reported iPhones sales of 61.2 million in its most recent quarter, well above the 58 million iPhones that analysts had been expecting on average. The company also posted increases in its revenues and profits.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the Apple Watch "will be the first modern smartwatch--the first one that matters," even if its usefulness is not readily apparent.
Apple will soon start accepting Google's Android smartphones as part of an iPhone trade-in program, according to multiple reports, in an effort to juice sales of its latest iPhones and cut into Android's market share.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company's blockbuster holiday quarter proved that the company did not need to make a cheaper iPhone in order to continue to grow its smartphone business. He reiterated that Apple will not make a less expensive iPhone for the sake of making one, and will continue to focus on making great products.
Apple posted a blowout holiday quarter with sales of 74.5 million iPhones and $18 billion in net profit. The results were way above forecasts from most Wall Street analysts. "We'd like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "Our revenue grew 30 percent over last year to $74.6 billion, and the execution by our teams to achieve these results was simply phenomenal."
According to a new Reuters report, Apple is hiring a dedicated sales force and working with application developers in the area, an effort by the company to ratchet up its push into the mobile enterprise market following a deal in July with corporate powerhouse IBM.
Apple is going to start selling its Apple Watch in the spring of 2015, according to an internal company communication leaked to 9to5Mac. The report, citing an unnamed source's transcript of a video message sent by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, said the launch will come after the Chinese New Year and in the spring, which is a little later than some had expected.
Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated he is open to working with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and its billionaire founder Jack Ma, who expressed an interest in partnering with the iPhone maker in mobile payments.
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday met in Beijing with Ma Kai, China's vice premier, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, and "exchanged views on protection of users' information." The meeting came just days after a report emerged that indicated Chinese-based hackers had attacked users of Apple's iCloud cloud storage service in the country.
Apple put a major new focus on how it safeguards its users' private information and launched a website to keep its customers better informed of how their data is stored and protected. Meanwhile, amid concerns that its new iPhones and forthcoming Apple Watch wearable device will be collecting reams of health data, the company reportedly sent emissaries to quell concerns in Congress.