Today Apple announced their third quarter results for their fiscal year 2016. Much like last quarter, Apple has struggled to maintain the sales pace of the iPhone 6s, compared to the iPhone 6. For the quarter, Apple had revenues of $42.358 billion, which is down 11% from a year ago. Gross margin was $16.106 billion, down from $19.681 billion in Q3 2015, and percentage wise it is 38.0%. Operating income was $10.1 billion, down from $14.1 billion last year, and net income was down almost $3 billion to $7.8 billion. Diluted earnings per share were $1.42, down from $1.85 a year ago. Despite the lower quarter, Apple did beat expectations which has helped their share price in after-hours trading.

Apple Q3 2016 Financial Results (GAAP)
  Q3'2016 Q2'2015 Q3'2015
Revenue (in Billions USD) $42.358 $50.557 $49.605
Gross Margin (in Billions USD) $16.106 $19.921 $19.681
Operating Income (in Billions USD) $10.105 $13.987 $14.473
Net Income (in Billions USD) $7.796 $10.516 $10.677
Margins 38.0% 39.4% 39.7%
Earnings per Share (in USD) $1.42 $1.90 $1.85

Apple announced a dividend of $0.57 per share payable on August 11th to shareholders of record as of August 8th. They also returned over $13 billion during Q3 through share buy-backs and dividends, and they have completed almost $177 billion of their $250 billion capital return program.

iPhone sales are far and away the largest part of the company, and this quarter Apple sold 40.4 million handsets. That is down from the 51.2 million last quarter, and 47.5 million in Q3 2015, meaning iPhone sales were down 15% year-over-year. This resulted in revenue of $24 billion, down 23% from a year ago. It’s certainly a noticeable drop, and it shows just how successful the iPhone 6 was when it launched.

Moving on, iPad sales continued their slow and steady decline. Sales of the tablet were just a hair under ten million for the quarter, which is a drop of 9% year-over-year. Revenue was $4.9 billion, which is up 7%. A year ago, the average selling price of the iPad was $415, but this quarter, average selling price for the iPad rose $85 to $490. Declining sales of the iPad Mini, as well as new sales of the higher priced iPad Pro are certainly the case, but Apple doesn’t break out the numbers for individual models to know just how much each was a factor.

The Mac didn’t fare very well either, with unit sales of 4.25 million, which is down 11% year-over-year. This resulted in revenue of $5.24 billion, down 13%. With basically no Mac refreshes in a long time, they are no longer outperforming the PC market as a whole, which was the case for the last while.

Apple’s “Other Products” includes Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats, iPods, and accessories, and while none of this is broken down by sub-category, the Other Products as a whole also fell 16% in revenue compared to Q3 2015, with revenues for this quarter of $2.22 billion.

Apple Q3 2016 Device Sales (thousands)
  Q3'2016 Q2'2016 Q3'2015 Seq Change Year/Year Change
iPhone 40,399 51,193 47,534 -21% -15%
iPad 9,950 10,251 10,931 -3% -9%
Mac 4,252 4,034 4,796 +5% -11%

The one segment in which Apple had strong growth was their Services segment. Services grew by 19% compared to Q3 2015, with revenue of $5.976 billion, which is up almost a billion or 19% year-over-year. Q2 2016 revenue was pretty much the same at $5.991 billion, meaning services have once again outpaced both Mac and iPad sales, and now represent the second largest segment at Apple.

Apple Q3 2016 Revenue by Product (billions)
  Q3'2016 Q2'2016 Q3'2015 Revenue for current quarter
iPhone $24.048 $32.857 $31.368 56.8%
iPad $4.876 $4.413 $4.538 11.5%
Mac $5.239 $5.107 $6.030 12.4%
iTunes/Software/Services $5.976 $5.991 $5.028 14.1%
Other Products $2.219 $2.189 $2.641 5.2%

Overall, it’s the second consecutive quarter of revenue loss, and last quarter was the first time that happened since Q1 2003, so Apple is in somewhat unfamiliar territory. Their guidance for next quarter is $45.5 to $47.5 billion, and margins between 37.5% and 38%. That guidance is also for a loss of revenue, since Q4 2015 had the company coming in at $51.5 billion, and 39.9% margins. It will be interesting to see if hardware refreshes in the fall can stop the drop in sales.

Source: Apple Investor Relations

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  • cryptonx - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - link

    You are correct, 3.5mm is no good for audio, Maybe Apple should've used a 6.35mm port or an optical output, also we need a hdmi port, a full one.
  • prisonerX - Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - link

    I bet you pine for floppy disks too.

    The digitisation of the headphone port is long overdue. The attendant hysterics gives you some idea why.
  • name99 - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - link

    You're assuming an awful lot without evidence. The people who actually HAVE evidence (based on, eg) talking to prospective buyers, feel that the two year update cycle remains as strong as ever:

    "next years refresh will be minor" is a meaningless statement. Minor compared to what? The iPhone 6S is around 1.7x as fast as the iPhone 6 and comes with 3D Touch and 2Gib RAM. Throw in Wide Gamut and even a small CPU boost (so it's 2x as fast as iPhone 6) you have something that's compelling in lots of ways (obviously faster, obviously nicer screen, obviously new UI modalities) compared to your existing iPhone 6 (or even iPhone 5S).

    Every damn year we have this --- clueless idiots who compare this year's model to last year's model and complain that it's not "significantly different". Well, guess the fsck what? That's not the relevant comparison. The relevant comparison (for EVERY product) is with the model that was shipped one "standard purchase replacement cycle" ago.
  • michael2k - Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - link

    Because they normally update their iPod, iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, iMac, and Mac Pro around that time. Given they didn't update the MacBook or Watch or MBP yet, they'll also update then as well.
  • Pneumothorax - Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - link

    Maybe because applefreaks will still gladly pay almost $3000 for a 'top of the line' retina MacBook pro 15 sporting a 3 year old cpu and a 4 year old gpu and there's no convincing them otherwise
  • Hoekie - Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - link

    yep, compared to last year's quarter in September. Isn't that obvious?
  • keyc - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - link

    Think the 5th paragraph should read 4.25 million. Did a double take when I saw unit sales of 4.25 billion macs.
  • Brett Howse - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - link

    Yeah that would be quite the quarter - fixed!
  • hlovatt - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - link

    I am amazed that all the Apple haters that unfortunately ruin the comments section of this site are not all over this!

    Good that Apple are under at least a tiny bit of pressure. Should mean better tech for everyone.
  • Michael Bay - Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - link

    Here is your pity reply.

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