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How emerging markets contributed to Apple's strong quarter

Steven Max Patterson | April 29, 2014
In some international markets Apple found growth and great margins, commanding a 30 percent premium over U.S. retail.

This was also a very profitable quarter for Apple because none of its products were new, so it was able to optimize its component and manufacturing costs. As confident as Cook's attitude and tone seemed as he engaged analysts, Apple can't defy gravity and delay new product introductions. At some point this summer or fall, Apple will need to revitalize its iPhone with what many have predicted will be large-screen iPhone 6 to keep the attention of its ever-growing audience. This may be accompanied by an iWatch, an iTV, and maybe an Apple fitness band.

Also worth noting is that iPad shipments were flat based on Cook's explanation, or declined based on some analysts' opinions. But in either case, this could mean that the world's expectation of the space between smartphones and notebooks being occupied by tablets may be smaller than anticipated.

Source: Network World


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