Apple reports OK Q3 numbers, stock off in after-hours

Apple [AAPL] reports OK Q3 numbers, stock off in after-hours

Screen shot of video purporting to show larger form factor of iPhone 6.
Screen shot of video purporting to show larger form factor of iPhone 6.

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple (AAPL) released its eagerly anticipated third-quarter earnings report after Tuesday’s closing bell. The company earned $7.7 billion, $1.28 per share, for the three-month period ending June 28, which was a 12% increase from 2013’s Q3 earnings of $6.9 billion, $1.07 per share.

On the other hand, while revenue jumped 6% from last year’s number to $37.4 billion, that number was roughly $600 million below analysts’ consensus. Currently, in after-hours action, traders seem somewhat disappointed in these results, focusing on the latter as evidence the company may be on the way to becoming another low-growth Microsoft (MSFT).

A 9% drop in last year’s iPad sales figures also worried some analysts. The stock is trading down roughly seventy-five cents from its $94.72 per share close in active after-hours trading.

Regardless of the financial news, however, media mavens are still eagerly anticipating what they are viewing as a likely major sales increase once Apple announces the availability of its new and likely bigger iPhone 6 models.

Some analysts also perked up when Apple’s announcement noted that the iPhone’s third-quarter sales growth was strongest in the BRICs countries, particularly in Brazil, China, and Russia.

Rumors have the new phone’s display ranging from 4.7 to 5.5 inches on the diagonal, the better to compete with new, larger, Android-driven models such as those already sold by the company’s bitter rival, Samsung. A late-September launch of the iPhone 6 is likely.

Below is a Chinese YouTube video purporting to show the iPhone 6 front bezel against an iPhone 5 demonstrating the former’s larger form factor.

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