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Here Are the 5 Biggest Things We Learned From Apple's Earnings Call

Apple Inc. (AAPL) just beat Wall Street's expectations for the third quarter and gave investors something to be confident about in the coming months.

After Tuesday's closing bell, the tech titan beat on its top and bottom line, in addition to selling more iPhones than expected. More importantly, perhaps, it gave upbeat fourth-quarter sales guidance, indicating that the release of its upcoming 10th anniversary iPhone model will be right on pace with its traditional September launch.

Shares of Apple were rising 6.1% in after-hours trading on Tuesday, hitting fresh highs of $159 a piece.

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Apple held a call with investors after the announcement, where it provided some color on the quarterly results. Here's five of the biggest takeaways from the call:

1. No hints on what the next iPhone will look like

One brave analyst ventured to ask about the wave of speculation about the 10th anniversary iPhone, noting there's been "a large amount of discussion in blogs" that the next model would be delayed. Experts said supply chain shortages would push back the release, as the iPhone 8 is expected to be packed with a number of high-end features, including a new bezel-less design, organic LED display and augmented reality features, among other things. Apple's latest guidance seems to suggest that things are running on schedule, however.

That didn't stop the analyst from asking if there's anything unique about the upcoming iPhone launch compared to prior product releases. Unfortunately, CEO Tim Cook wasn't giving any...