SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple’s holiday season proved to be a disappointment even though the company sold a record number of iPhones and iPads during its latest quarter.
The fiscal first-quarter earnings released Monday topped analyst projections, but Apple sold fewer iPhones than Wall Street had been anticipating. Management also forecast revenue for the current quarter that fell below analysts’ predictions.
Those letdowns caused Apple’s stock to shed $41.62, or more than 7.5 percent, to $508.88 in extended trading after the release of results.
The Cupertino, Calif., company sold 51 million iPhones during the three months ending Dec. 28. That marked a 7 percent increase from the previous sales record of nearly 48 million iPhones set a year earlier.
Analysts, though, had predicted about 55 million iPhones in what is traditionally the company’s best quarter.
Apple Inc. earned $13.07 billion, or $14.50 per share, in the quarter. That’s roughly unchanged from $13.08 billion, or $13.81 per share, in the prior year. The per-share figure increased because Apple had fewer shares outstanding in the recent quarter.
Revenue rose 6 percent to $57.6 billion.