Apple Inc. (AAPL) Barely Grew International iPhone Sales

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We get it, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). You own the domestic smartphone market. COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR) just pegged you at a 39.2% market share of U.S. smartphone subscribers. Now, investors need to see some international iPhone wins.

Tim Cook holding chartUsually, investors have to wait for domestic carriers to report iPhone activation figures to get a proxy for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s mix. Not all carriers have released earnings results quite yet, and AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has even decided to stop providing iPhone figures. Fortunately, all’s not lost.

On the conference call, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CFO Peter Oppenheimer disclosed that iPhone unit sales in the U.S. rose an impressive 51% last quarter, well above the total 20% gain that Apple posted in iPhone unit sales. However, Apple doesn’t normally disclose the geographical mix of iPhones to investors, so it’s difficult to interpret that 51% jump.

It has in the past, though, if you just know where to look. As part of its massive legal battle with Samsung last year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) did disclose through court filings that it sold 8.3 million iPhones in the U.S. in calendar Q2 last year. That means that Apple just sold 12.6 million iPhones in the U.S. this past quarter.

That puts Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s domestic and international iPhone mix at 40% and 60%, respectively. Beyond the court filing, investors can still use carrier activations as proxy for the mix. Cross referencing all these sources, we can compile a picture of the international mix of iPhone unit sales.

Sources: Court filings, SEC filings, and conference calls.

With those figures in hand, we can also arrive at international iPhone unit sales in absolute terms, and the result is not encouraging. iPhone unit sales outside of the U.S. were just 18.6 million iPhones, a modest 5% gain compared to the 17.7 million units sold abroad a year ago.

Sources: Court filings, SEC filings, and conference calls.

Nearly all of increase in iPhone unit sales is being generated stateside. Tim Cook did provide some tidbits about certain geographies on the call, though:

India was up over 400%. Turkey and Poland were both up over 60%. The Philippines were up about 140%. And in addition, we saw very strong iPhone sales in several of the developed markets. For example, the U.S. was up over 50%, Japan up over 60%, the U.K. about 50%, and so we had several regions, where iPhone growth actually accelerated from the previous quarter, which is a unusual pattern for us and we were very, very happy with this.

The India figure in particular is impressive, as confirmation that Apple’s overhaul in the region is starting to pay off. However, most of these figures are likely coming off of small bases, so it’s harder for them to move the overall needle.

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