Apple to report earnings amid reports of weak iPhone 14 demand

Apple (AAPL) will report its fiscal fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday after reports that it’s cutting back on production of its iPhone 14 Plus and after disappointing results from other mega cap tech companies.

Here’s what analysts expect from the company in the quarter, as compiled by Bloomberg, compared to how the tech giant performed in the same quarter last year.

  • Revenue: $88.64 billion expected versus $83.36 billion in Q4 2021

  • EPS: $1.26 expected versus $1.25 in Q4 2021

  • iPhone: $42.67 billion expected versus $38.87 billion in Q4 2021

  • Mac: $9.25 billion expected versus $9.18 billion in Q4 2021

  • iPad: $7.81 billion expected versus $8.25 billion in Q4 2021

  • Wearables: $8.8 billion expected versus $$8.79 billion in Q4 2021

  • Services: $19.97 billion expected versus $18.28 billion in Q4 2021

Apple released its iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 line in September. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max packed better displays, processors, and cameras than the less expensive iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

The Pro and Pro Max could help Apple see a higher average selling price on its smartphones, which could compensate for a potential decline in overall sales. Apple also recently announced that it's raising the prices on its services including Apple Music+, Apple TV+, and its Apple One combo. Apple Music+ went from $10 to $11 for an individual plan, Apple TV+ went from $5 to $7, and Apple One went from $15 to $17.

Apple, like most tech companies, is also dealing with foreign exchange headwinds caused by a strong dollar, which is eating into overall revenue.

According to analyst Dan Ives, however, Apple could still surpass earnings expectations.

“We believe despite the F/X dynamic that Apple will still be able to hit the Street's $89 billion top-line estimate with stronger ASPs from iPhone 14 the hero of the day that could lead to a modest revenue upside,” Ives wrote in a recent investor note.

The analyst also said services revenue should meet expectations despite challenges in the quarter

Investors will also be looking at Apple’s China sales to determine how the country’s consumers are dealing with the slowdown and whether COVID lockdowns have hammered sales.

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