What you need to know
- Apple board members are being sued.
- It's because of Apple's Q1 2019 guidance.
- Apple had to revise its initial guidance for the quarter.
Apple's board members are being sued relating to the company's Q1 2019 guidance for the fourth time, according to a report. Patently Apple (via 9to5Mac) says that lawsuit accuses them of breach of fiduciary duty.
Apple initially offered guidance for Q1 2019 of between $89 billion and $93 billion. But it later had to revise that down to around $84 billion. The new guidance proved to be correct, with Apple landing on $84.3 billion revenue for the quarter. Apple blamed several factors including users upgrading iPhones more slowly than anticipated.
However, a new lawsuit joins three others which accuse Apple's board members of violating federal securities laws by misrepresenting the company's position when the original guidance was made public.
Ultimately the lawsuits accuse Apple's board members of making Apple look silly by having to revise its guidance. And as a result of that, its stock price fell. One shareholder, John Votto, claims he is suing Apple's board members on behalf of Apple, Inc.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.