Interesting points from Apple’s Q3 earnings call

Apple announced the financial results for its fiscal third quarter of 2017 this afternoon, and the numbers for the 3-month period are outstanding. All metrics were up from the year-ago quarter, including a 7% increase in revenue and 2% increase in iPhone sales.

Following the release of its earnings, CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri hopped on a conference call to talk about Apple’s performance over the last 3 months, and offer up some insights into its future. Here are some of the more interesting points from the call.

  • Apple has 185 million paid subscriptions across all services.
  • Apple services have added 20 million new subscribers over last 3 months.
  • Walmart deploying 20K+ iPads to employees in the US.
  • iPad sales grew in all geographical segments, with strong double-digit growth in the U.S. and Greater China.
  • CFO Luca Maestri: iPhone channel inventory the lowest in 2.5 years.
  • iPhone ASP (average selling price) at $606, up from $595 in the year-ago quarter.
  • Tim Cook: 2/3 of Apple’s employees are in the United States. We’ll have more to say about that later in the year.
  • Apple has new advanced $1 billion manufacturing fund for US companies. First $200 million goes to Corning Glass.
  • Tim Cook: I think AR is big and profound. This is one of those things we’ll look back at and marvel at the start of it.
  • Apple has brought in talent behind Breaking Bad and The Crown to help with content creation.
  • Cook: In terms of autonomous systems, we’re very focused on it from a core tech point of view. We have a large project ongoing, and we’re making a big investment in this.
  • Apple retail and online stores saw over 300 million visitors this quarter.

Apple’s stock is up 6% in after-hours trading on the back of today’s strong performance report. If you want to listen to today’s earnings call, a replay will be available here for a limited time.