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Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019

iPhone sales slowdown: Here’s Tim Cook’s memo to Apple employees

“External forces may push us around a bit, but we are not going to use them as an excuse. Nor will we just wait around until they get better,” said Tim Cook in a memo to Apple employees.

tech Updated: Jan 03, 2019 18:49 IST
Mark Gurman
Mark Gurman
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Cook also invited employees to a rare all-hands meeting on Thursday, where he intends to share more details about the quarter and take questions.
Cook also invited employees to a rare all-hands meeting on Thursday, where he intends to share more details about the quarter and take questions.(REUTERS)
         

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook told employees he won’t blame “external factors” for selling fewer iPhones than anticipated during the holiday quarter.

In a memo obtained by Bloomberg News, Cook expressed his disappointment after Apple cut its revenue outlook for the first time in almost two decades. That arose from “a number of factors — some macroeconomic, and some specific to Apple and the smartphone industry.” But the CEO added that the company would set record revenues for its services, wearables and Mac businesses.

Cook also invited employees to a rare all-hands meeting on Thursday, where he intends to share more details about the quarter and take questions.

The full memo is below:

Team,

Happy New Year — I hope everyone was able to rest and enjoy time with loved ones over the holidays. 

This afternoon we issued a letter to Apple investors explaining that we are revising our financial guidance for the holiday quarter. I encourage you to read it. As you will see, our revenue shortfall in Q1 is from iPhone, primarily in Greater China. 

While we are disappointed to be falling short of our quarterly revenue goal, our fiscal first quarter was also a record setter for revenue from Services, Wearables and the Mac. iPad revenue grew double-digits over the year-ago quarter, and iPhone activations in the U.S. and Canada set new Christmas Day records. We expect 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. Our worldwide installed base of active devices also hit a new all-time high, reflecting the loyalty of our customers and their appreciation for the work you do. 

We are tremendously proud of the innovations we’re delivering to our customers with iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. These are, without a doubt, the best iPhones we’ve ever made. We did not set a new record for iPhone sales in Q1, however, due to a number of factors — some macroeconomic, and some specific to Apple and the smartphone industry. 

External forces may push us around a bit, but we are not going to use them as an excuse. Nor will we just wait around until they get better. This moment gives us an opportunity to learn and to take action, to focus on our strengths and on Apple’s mission — delivering the best products on earth for our customers and providing them with an unmatched level of service. We manage Apple for the long term, and in challenging times we have always come out stronger. 

With that in mind, please join me for an all-hands meeting on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. PT. Be sure to check AppleWeb for more details. Due to construction at Apple Park, we’ll be gathering at Town Hall on the Infinite Loop campus. Join us there in person, or via live stream through AppleWeb. I’ll have more details about the quarter, and I’m looking forward to your thoughts and questions. 

Hope to see you there. 

Tim