Today Apple released their Q4 results from fiscal year 2015, and in what seems like an almost unending cycle, the company has once again set a new record for the quarter with $51.5 billion in revenue. That is a 22% increase over the same period last year, where the company only had $42 billion in revenue. Apple’s strong margins continue, with 39.9% margin for the quarter. Operating income came in at $14.6 billion, up from $11.2 billion last year, and net income rose $2.6 billion year-over-year, coming in at $11.1 billion for the quarter. Earnings per share was $1.96, up from $1.42 last year.

Apple Q4 2015 Financial Results (GAAP)
  Q4'2015 Q3'2015 Q4'2014
Revenue (in Billions USD) $51.501 $49.605 $42.123
Gross Margin (in Billions USD) $20.548 $19.681 $16.009
Operating Income (in Billions USD) $14.623 $14.083 $11.165
Net Income (in Billions USD) $11.124 $10.677 $8.467
Margins 39.9% 39.7% 38.0%
Earnings per Share (in USD) $1.96 $1.85 $1.42

The large gains can be mostly attributed to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, released last year to record sales. The recently launched models were only available for a short time this quarter, but of course contributed their initial sales to Q4. The full impact of the latest models should be even more felt in Q1 FY 2016. Despite the iPhone being far and away the largest product for Apple, Mac sales have also contributed, along with services and Apple Watch.

The iPhone is king at Apple. It contributes the largest portion to their overall revenues, and with the excellent margins Apple enjoys, it is very profitable. Apple sold just over 48 million iPhones last quarter – a quarter where the new model was known to be incoming. Yes, the 6s and 6s Plus were released in Q4, but only at the tail end of the quarter. This is a 22% increase in phones sold year-over-year. Revenue for the iPhone alone was $32.2 billion for Q4, which is up 36% year-over-year and up 3% from last quarter. Q1 2016 (Oct-Dec 2015) will be the holiday quarter, and this is traditionally the strongest quarter for iPhone sales.

Mac sales increased 3% year-over-year, which means that the Mac is still showing slow growth at a time when the rest of the PC market is in decline. Apple sold 5.7 million Macs last quarter, which resulted in $6.9 billion in revenue.

The iPad continues to decline, with sales falling 20% year-over-year. For the quarter, Apple sold 9.9 million iPads, for revenues of $4.3 billion. This one segment is really the only chink in Apple’s armor, and iPhone sales are likely part of the problem, with people turning to larger phones rather than tablets.

Apple Q4 2015 Device Sales (thousands)
  Q4'2015 Q3'2015 Q4'2014 Seq Change Year/Year Change
iPhone 48,046 47,534 39,272 +1% +22%
iPad 9,883 10,931 12,316 -10% -20%
Mac 5,709 4,796 5,520 +19% +3%

Apple has also steadily increased its services, with the segment achieving 10% growth to $5.086 billion. This includes iTunes, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing, and other services.

Finally, we have Other Products, which is Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats, iPod, and accessories. This segment outperformed all other Apple segments in terms of growth, with a 67% increase in revenue year-over-year. With the acquisition of Beats, as well as the launch of the Apple Watch earlier this year, revenue grew from $2.641 billion in Q4 2014 to $3.048 billion this quarter. Unfortunately, Apple does not break out unit numbers for anything in “Other Products” but you can bet this gain was not due to iPod sales.

Apple Q4 2015 Revenue by Product (billions)
  Q4'2015 Q3'2015 Q4'2014 Revenue for current quarter
iPhone $32.209 $31.368 $23.678 62.5%
iPad $4.726 $4.538 $5.316 8.3%
Mac $6.882 $6.030 $6.625 13.4%
iTunes/Software/Services $5.086 $5.028 $4.608 9.9%
Other Products $3.048 $2.641 $1.896 5.9%

I tend to think of Apple as iPhone and other stuff, because the iPhone sales are such a huge part of their revenue stream. iPhone sales now account for 62.5% of revenue, up from 56.2% a year ago. It’s hard to fault them on this though, because clearly the larger displays on the latest iPhones have done very well for the company. But they did show good growth in Macs at a time when other PC vendors have seen a reduction in overall sales. Apple Watch is also off to a good start, but without unit sales its difficult to see any sort of pattern there yet, since it was just launched this year.

Looking ahead for Q1 2016, Apple is expecting revenues of $75.5 billion to $77.5 billion, and gross margins staying between 39% and 40%.

Source: Apple

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  • ThisIsChrisKim - Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - link

    Eye popping revenue and profit. Apple employees get treated well, I assume? Reply
  • jibberegg - Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - link

    Between 12 hour days and working over weekends, yup. Welcome to the less glitzy side of Silicon Valley. Reply
  • osxandwindows - Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - link

    An apple university professor urns dollar 1.7m a year. Reply
  • junky77 - Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - link

    There is much more "less glitzy" side of silicon valley, but tech sites never really talk about it Reply
  • freeskier93 - Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - link

    Welcome to the world of engineering. If you're young and like what you do it's really not that bad and isn't much different then school. Reply
  • melgross - Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - link

    Yep, just go ahead and make things up. You know, that's just false for most of the year. But as with any company of this type, when a product release is nearing, hours get long, and more dats are out in. They do get paid pretty well though. Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - link

    My buddy Evan worked for Apple when he lived in Sacramento years ago when it was still Jobs & Co. He really liked working for Apple, but never owned a single Apple product, even though when the iPhone was released he could have had a non-resale unit for free. I don't know what he had "against" Apple products, but he was always an custom-hardware guy. He still uses a Nokia something or other running Symbian. Reply
  • BurntMyBacon - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - link

    @melgross: "Yep, just go ahead and make things up. You know, that's just false for most of the year."
    Err, ... , you clearly haven't worked at Apple (Well, perhaps not in an engineering role). Most engineering companies have cycles, as you say, between periods of high intensity and overtime and periods of relatively low intensity. We like to call this feast or famine. At apple, you are always drinking from the hose. The only question is whether it is a garden hose or a fire hose. If you are not, you should be concerned about your job security.
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  • lilmoe - Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - link

    That's one nasty head and shoulders pattern in the charts... Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - link

    Obviously intentional ;) Reply

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