Tim Cook: iPhone Activations Set a New Record This Christmas in the US and Canada

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Despite Apple reducing its Q1 2019 forecast by $9 billion, Tim Cook says iPhone activations in the US and Canada set new record this Christmas. But due to the weak iPhone sales in China, Apple could not set a new iPhone sales record in Q1.  

Tim Cook revealed this in an internal memo to Apple employees. He says in the memo that he is “disappointed” the company will be falling short of its revenue goal, though Apple’s wearable, Services, and Mac business set new revenue records. Cool also notes in the memo that Apple is expected to set an all-time revenue record in the US, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Germany, and more. 

Cook will be holding an all-hands meeting with Apple employees on Thursday where he will be answering more of their questions about the revenue shortfall and the decline in iPhone sales. 

You can find the full memo from Tim Cool to Apple employees below. 


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.