Why Didn't Anybody Ask Apple About the Lost iPhone?

Apple's quarterly earnings reports provide a rare opportunity for financial analysts to publicly pose questions to Apple executives. Today, no one granted an audience asked about Apple's lost iPhone.

Analysts aren't really expected to ask the kinds of questions journalists do. They're concerned about things like revenues and profits and margins. You know, money. But it's curious, to say the least, that not a single analyst participating in Apple's earnings call today asked about the lost iPhone. Not even in the cautious, veiled phrasing analysts tend to speak in when conversing with the upper echelon of Apple executives.

Given that $5.3 billion of Apple's $13.5 billion revenues this past quarter came from the record 8.75 million iPhones Apple just sold, there's certainly a pertinent financial question for them to ask: How does Apple think the lost iPhone's revelation potentially impacts the sales of the iPhones Apple's trying to sell right now?

There's still months before this next-gen iPhone could be sold, and while Apple's established June-July iPhone release cycle is knowledge geeks take for granted, it's news to the ladies of The View and Good Morning America faithful that another iPhone looms, that they'd be better off waiting to get that iPhone they were thinking about finally buying.

It's just a little odd no one asked, that's all.