Apple's Not a Hardware Company: Tech Weekly
On Wednesday, Apple also lowered prices and upgraded the processor on its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display barely four months after its launch.
Apple shares ended the week down 3.12% at $460.16.
The networking company reported revenue of $12.1 billion, up from $11.5 billion a year earlier and just above analysts' estimates of $12.06 billion. Excluding items, Cisco earned 51 cents a share compared with 47 cents a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters were looking for 48 cents.
Cisco's non-GAAP earnings included a tax benefit of approximately 1 cent a share thanks to the reinstatement of the U.S. federal R&D tax credit last month.
The San Jose, Calif.-based firm also offered healthy guidance, predicting revenue between $12.06 billion and $12.3 billion and earnings, excluding items, between 48 cents a share and 50 cents a share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters were looking for sales of $12.22 billion and earnings of 49 cents a share
Cisco CEO John Chambers struck a positive note during the conference call to discuss the results. "We continue to be pleased with the traction of our company," he said, and cited "a tone of cautious optimism" among Cisco's customers.
Chambers noted particular strength in U.S. commercial orders, which he said could be an early indication of GDP growth.
"U.S. enterprise and commercial, I really believe that that is the key to what the U.S. is going to do over time," he said. "At the moment, that looks good -- our pipeline is good."
The CEO, however, acknowledged that other parts of the world are still challenging. "We continue to see a soft global recovery," he said, pointing to weakness in parts of Europe, particularly southern Europe.