Apple’s iPhone activations set new records in U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, and more in holiday quarter

“After Apple cut its Q1 revenue forecast by $9 billion, CEO Tim Cook reminded employees in a memo obtained by Bloomberg that there are still some bright points, including a record number of new iPhone activations in the US and Canada on Christmas day,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet.

“The memo, aimed at pepping up staff after cutting its revenue outlook for the first time since 2002, reiterated Cook’s note to investors that it missed its target due to lower than expected iPhone sales in China,” Tung reports. ” Cook told employees that Apple expects to ‘set all-time revenue records in key markets including the US, Canada and Mexico, Western European countries including Germany and Italy, and countries across the Asia-Pacific region like Korea and Vietnam.'”

This week, Apple “also announced that the App Store saw record levels of spending over the holidays totaling $1.22bn between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve,” Tung reports. “The $322m spent on New Year’s Day 2019 was also a single-day record for the App Store.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hey, what’s that? It looks like… no, really, it looks like a Bright Spot™! Yup, it is. We’re calling it: Bright Spot™!

Interns, do your sacred duty and TTK!

Here’s to record iPhone activations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, and more, everyone!


  1. Clearly demonstrates why units sold metric is irrevelant, Apple can and will show massive annual profits, while free them from the outdated product range and release expectations.

  2. Germany is a “Bright Spot”?

    Ah yes, Germany, the country in which today Apple had to pull all models of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 from both its physical and online stores. Further, Apple has had to require all its resellers in Germany return all unsold model 7 and model 8 phones to Apple so they cannot be sold.

    With this win in hand, Qualcomm will likely go after the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR next. And, you can count on Qualcomm filing in other countries too.

    As I’ve said on this site before, Apple has not had a resounding win in any legal venue since the Franklin case over 35 years ago while suffering many, many major losses (everything from the “Look and Feel” lawsuit of the 90s to the more recent online bookstore fiasco).

    Apple’s legal team has been a disaster for decades.

    How this requirement to remove iPhones from stores will play out and how it will affect Apple is unknown (certainly not known by Apple’s legal team), but it does not look good with the Germany and China rulings so far.

  3. It’s simple, Apple is an arrogant company driven by greed to suck as much money out of people as they can. They use their customer base to find out problems in their newly released software as they couldn’t give a monkeys about testing it properly themselves and blatantly lie to their fanbase. Still the Apple fanboy sheep brigade proclaim their love for Apple and see nothing wrong with them. If there was a button to send a torpedo to sink the Apple ship I would gladly, with love, with excitement press it 🙂

    1. Well, isn’t it just great that there is such a wide range of computers and phones, out there, for you to buy! You don’t have to stick around here, complaining about this useless company with its useless products.
      Go have fun! Bye-bye.

      1. No Sean, not good bye! Apple deliberately do what they do (infringe patents, copy others, mislead customers) because they know people will just buy their stuff without even thinking about it! I quite enjoy having fun here actually 🙂 Are you a sheep as well? It sounds like it.

        1. Er no iSmile…most people just keep buying the same things because that is what they feel should do and haven’t bothered escaping from Apple prison. Apple devices aren’t in a lot of cases chosen out of choice but just forced out in the corporate environment as that is considered in most cases the standard…just like Microsoft Office products. Fortunately it is easier to swap out mobile devices and Apple is more often just seen as money grabbing. Think again.

  4. iSmile,
    It must be your underlying issues with sexual inadequacy which cause you to visit MDN to complain about a product you don’t have and a company you don’t like. While you may think that trying to prove your dick’s so big by trying to make Apple’s look so small actually works, the fact is that your attempts to “project” your phantom shadow dick on the big screen just makes us realize your a sad little boy hiding behind the curtain saying ‘pay attention to the little boy hiding behind the curtain.’

    There, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I think I’ll go spam a Samsung fan-site with gratuitous snide remarks about their products and their company. Wait a minute. I don’t know a Samsung fan-site. But best of all, I don’t want to know of a Samsung fan-site. Good for me and good for Samsung fans.

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