Apple Q3 2006 Conference Call notes

Live notes taken during Apple’s conference call discussing Q3 06 financial results in reverse chronological order.

– End of conference call.
– Once again: Apple is very confident in and excited about the products in the pipeline.
– Music phones aren’t ready to compete with iPod now, but that is likely to change in the future. Apple is “not sitting around doing nothing.”
– Apple is very confident in their ability to compete and excited with what’s in the product pipeline.
– Apple hopes that governments will be hands-off and let the market decide on music players and online services.
– Apple has seen no impact from Sony products on iPod that they can comment on.
– Apple will not comment on iPod shipments on a geographic basis.
– It takes longer to deploy a new product (MacBook for example) in Europe than in USA.
– Schiller is interim Japan marketing chief.
– Is Japan performing up to expectations? Apple looks to improve in Japan. Japan marketing team will report to Phil Schiller.
– Will there be any surprises at WWDC? Apple says you’ll have to wait and see.
– Has action in France posed any threat to iTMS? Apple thinks such actions will result in “state-sponsored piracy.”
– Boot Camp makes the Mac “even more appealing” for them to switch.
– Boot Camp downloads are “significant.”
– Apple broke 50% iPod share in Japan.
– Apple saw iPod share gains in several countries in Europe.
– Apple does not break out individual products for competitive reasons.
– Apple does not disclose information about the size of the “Pro” market.
– Mac OS X Tiger sales were “good.”
– Apple believes that Mac OS X is the best operating system and a reason why they’re gaining share.
– Best Buy pilot program in a “few” of their stores underway for “about two months” with Apple employees in the stores. Pilot program still be evaluated.
– Mac with free iPod promo not significant to iPod sales for the quarter.
– Apple very happy with Intel processors.
– MacBook supply vs. demand looks balanced for Q4.
– Apple will continue to be “aggressive” in Mac and iPod pricing.
– iPod gross margin up sequentially in the quarter due to favorable commodity market. Same for Macintosh.
– Approx. 7,000 Macintosh reseller distribution points worldwide.
– Approx. 40,000 iPod reseller distribution points worldwide.
– Total revenue from stores up 29%.
– Apple looks forward to showing Mac OS X Leopard at next month’s WWDC.
– Apple does not discuss unreleased products.
– Apple Computer shares up over 8.0% to $58.44 in after hours trading on heavy volume of 8.23 million shares.
– Macs in retail were up 40% year-over-year. Strong MacBook Pro and MacBook sales.
– Education: College Students Buy a Mac & get a free iPod nano promo doing very well.
– Pro customers are waiting for pro apps (read: Photoshop) that are Universal and for an Intel-powered desktop “Pro Mac.”
– Very robust consumer and higher education demand.
– DRAM market is “relatively balanced” market.
– NAND flash, flat panel displays, hard drives are favorable.
– Apple going into first full quarter of MacBook availability.
– Apple expects favorable commodity market to continue.
– Apple extremely excited about future iPod products in pipeline.
– Apple very confident of products in pipeline.
– Apple pleased with Intel transition.
– Apple expects GAAP earnings per diluted share of about $.46 to $.48, including an estimated $.03 per share expense impact from non-cash stock-based compensation, translating to non-GAAP EPS of about $.49 to $.51.
– Apple expects revenue of about $4.5 to $4.6 billion for Q4 2006.
– Apple education sales highest in a decade.
– 154 Apple retails Stores now open with 14 opened during quarter.
– 50% of Mac buyers at Apple Retail Stores are new to Mac.
– A total of 17 million customers visited stores during quarter.
– $715 million revenue from Apple Retail Stores.
– iTunes Store has 85% market share according to Nielsen/Soundscan.
– Apple feels Mac ad campaign is working.
– iPod continued to earn a US market share of over 75 percent.
– Intel-powerd Pro Mac and Xserve due by end of 2006.
– International sales accounted for 39 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
– Gross margin was 30.3 percent, up from 29.7 percent in the year-ago quarter.
– Apple shipped 1,327,000 Macintosh computers and 8,111,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 12 percent growth in Macs and 32 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter.
– The Company posted revenue of $4.37 billion and a net quarterly profit of $472 million, or $.54 per diluted share.
– Second highest earnings and revenue in Apple’s history.
– Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer and Apple COO Tim Cook are present for the call.
– Apple Computer shares have surged 7.7% to $58.25 in after hours trading on heavy volume.
– Awaiting beginning of conference call.

Related article:
‘Fantastic quarter’ helps Apple double share of U.S. retail notebook market to 12% – July 19, 2006
Apple reports third quarter results: $0.54 per share on $4.37 billion in revenue – July 19, 2006


  1. Two+ years of Apple Numbers

    Quarter – iPods —- Macs — Desktops – Laptops
    Q3 04 – 860000 —— 876000 — 416000 – 460000
    Q4 04 – 2016000 —– 836000 — 385000 – 451000
    Q1 05 – 4580000 —- 1046000 — 623000 – 423000
    Q2 05 – 5311000 —- 1070000 — 608000 – 462000
    Q3 05 – 6155000 —- 1182000 — 687000 – 495000
    Q4 05 – 6451000 —- 1236000 — 602000 – 634000
    Q1 06 – 14043000 — 1254000 — 667000 – 587000
    Q2 06 – 8526000 —- 1112000 – 614000 – 462000
    Q3 06 – 8111000 —- 1327000 – 529000 – 728000

    Reposted here cause this is where everyone will be…

  2. Good point. Apple refers to the Macbooks as Portables in the Data Summary.

    The Mac numbers look excellent for a Q3. Hopefully this is the intel transition and (possibly) boot camp effect. Can’t wait to see what people put on their holiday wish lists.

    Has anyone looked at the Amazon Top Sellers for computers lately? At this post, 9 of the top 10 were Macs.

  3. That is AMAZING how many more laptops were sold this quarter than desktops! What a huge jump for the laptops… you can really tell that last quarter was lagging due to the slow release of intel chips!

  4. Very impressive. Apple would have sold even more Mac if not for the fact that PowerMacs have yet to make the Intel transition.

    The first all-Intel quarter will be October-December period this year. If Apple blew away analyst expectations this quarter, it can be safe to say that you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! The holiday quarter this year will be HUGE. New iPods. New pro desktops. New pro notebooks.

  5. More significant, on the Amazon list, is the availability of Macbooks. They now have shipping delays, as does the Apple website itself. Best Buy is listed as sold out for both white models.

    Either demand is taking off, or Apple has shifted production.

    Also, note the dip in desktop sales this quarter. There may be a shift towards laptops among some users, but I’m sure that many users are waiting for more Intel updates on the big desktops (and servers).

  6. “you can really tell that last quarter was lagging due to the slow release of intel chips!”

    The release of Intel chip Macs was not slow, they are right on track

    with the roadmap that was projected. These things take time.

  7. “Either demand is taking off, or Apple has shifted production.”

    I think demand is taking off. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    It bears repeating. It will be a HUGE holiday quarter. Huge.

    Last chance to get aboard the AAPL train while it’s still cheap!

  8. Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but the pro desktops won’t sell as well as the iMacs do, however, they will give Apple a sales boost for sure. Notebooks are where it’s at these days though. The next quarter will see an even bigger jump there now that all Apple notebooks will be Intel based for the entire quarter.

  9. Wolfgang: “Also, note the dip in desktop sales this quarter.”

    100,000 doesn’t sound like an unreasonable number of professionals holding off for intel PowerMacs and the release of Adobe and other’s Pro Apps.

    They actually just covered this on the conference call and mostly confirmed it.

  10. “Music phones aren’t ready to compete with iPod now, but that is likely to change in the future. Apple is ‘not sitting around doing nothing.'”

    What a great quote! It reveals the flaw in the logic of the “cell phones will kill the iPod” school of thought.

    All you have to do is remember – Apple isn’t sitting around doing nothing.

  11. Music phones aren’t ready to compete with iPod now, but that is likely to change in the future. Apple is “not sitting around doing nothing.”

    Verbatim, the iPod vs Music phone statement Apple made was the best! And Gene Munster is a tool.

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