Apple’s working on something BIG… this week on The CultCast

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Apple's recent earnings report was full of delicious surprises.
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This week on The CultCast: Apple’s working on something BIG, and their massive increase in R&D spending proves it. Plus: we discuss all the surprises Apple unveiled in their recent earnings report, and it was another record breaker. And if you think your conversations with Siri are private, think again! Apple’s been caught reviewing your most personal sound bytes. And a new Moviepass competitor has emerged with a very interesting offer, but is it worth the price? All that and more!

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8 key details from Apple’s upbeat earnings report

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Apple's giant pile of cash continues to grow.
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Apple unleashed its best-ever Q3 earnings report today, and traders subsequently sent the company’s stock soaring in after-hours trading.

Thanks to record-breaking revenue from its services business and strong growth from wearables, Apple is heading into its most important period of the year ready to cash in. Investors had plenty of questions for CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri during today’s call. And the duo revealed some key tidbits we actually weren’t expecting.

Apple’s quarterly report will continue ‘flattening out’ of earnings

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Earnings are likely to remain flat.
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My colleague Buster Hein described tomorrow’s Apple earnings call as the company’s “most boring” earnings report of the year. And it seems like analysts aren’t rushing to disagree with him.

Looking at analyst expectations for Tuesday shows that, overall, people have pretty low expectations. And that’s all part of a “flattening out” of Apple earnings.

iPad sales were the hero of Apple’s latest earnings report

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The new iPad Pro is officially a hit!
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Apple surprised Wall Street with a better-than-expected Q2 earnings report this afternoon and one of the biggest factors was the iPad.

With revenues topping $58 billion Q2 (down 5% YoY), Apple is trying to become less reliant on its iPhone business. Services are expected to pick up most of the slack, but this last quarter Apple got some unexpected help from its iPad business that is experiencing a resurgence just at the right time thanks to the new iPad Pro.

Apple breezes past Wall Street forecasts with $58 billion in revenue

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It's "Get a bag Tuesday" and Tim Cook is cashing in.
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Apple revealed its Q2 2019 earnings report and despite some pessimism from analysts, the company managed to beat Wall Street’s expectations.

Revenue for the quarter came in at $58 billion, slightly above Apple’s own guidance to investors. Most of Wall Street analysts were predicting the company would only bring in between $54 billion to $57 billion for the quarter. Better yet, the company’s guidance for next quarter is stronger than expected, signifying that the doom-and-gloom may have been severely overstated.

Brace yourself for Apple’s next ugly earnings call

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Apple's Q2 earnings are expected to be a bit of a downer.
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Wall Street is anxiously awaiting Apple’s earnings report for the second quarter of 2019 that will be delivered on Tuesday, April 30. Apple’s stock value has risen about 30% this year even though iPhone sales are slowing.

Most analysts predict that nearly all of Apple’s numbers will be down compared to the same quarter last year, but there are few bright spots that could cause the company’s stock price to surge. After looking at the analysts’ numbers, we’ve found a couple of key areas to watch for.

iPhone sales slump, but Apple’s in it ‘for the long term’

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Measure the money, not number of units sold.
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Apple unveiled its earnings for Q1 2019 this afternoon and as expected, total revenue came in a lot lower than Apple originally predicted at the end of last year, with iPhone sales dropping 15%.

Thanks mostly to slumping sales in Greater China, Apple posted $84.3 billion in revenue, marking a drop from the $88.3 billion the company pulled in during the same quarter a year ago. Even though iPhone sales are struggling, Apple’s services are bringing in more money than expected, giving investors some good news.

Tim Cook got a big pay rise last year

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Tim Cook took home a tidy paycheck in 2018.
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Tim Cook took home $15.7 million in compensation for his role as Apple CEO in fiscal 2018, a 22 percent raise on his earnings the previous year.

The figure is approximately 283x the median Apple employee’s pay, which stood at $55,426. That average is more than Amazon’s $30,000 median, but significantly lower than Facebook’s $240,430 and Alphabet’s $197,000.

Apple’s holiday quarter earnings could be insane

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Apple earnings could be about to reach new heights.
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Apple enjoyed an incredible start to 2018 thanks to a record-breaking holiday quarter, but according to one analyst, this year’s will be even better.

Thanks to an impressive new iPhone lineup and the best Apple Watch yet, revenue could reach insane new heights as we see out 2018. iPhone sales alone are predicted to surpass a staggering 81 million units!

Snapchat’s number of daily users continues to tumble

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Forget disappearing messages; Snapchat is suffering disappearing users.
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Snapchat isn’t having a good time right now. The company just released its third quarter results, and once again suffered a decline in daily active users.

That number fell by 2 million to 186 million people, marking the third straight quarter of user declines. However, Snap seems confident it can break the losing streak in 2019.