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Handicapping Apple’s quarterly earnings and revenue: Q3 2014

Just because Tim Cook prefers to be straight with analysts -- offering them more "realistic" revenue guidance than the low-ball numbers Steve Jobs used to feed them -- doesn't mean Apple can't deliver earnings surprises anymore.

In April, for example, Apple reported fiscal Q2 earning per share of $1.66 (adjusted for June's 7-to-1 split), nearly 15% above the Street's $1.45 consensus.

Apple doesn't give EPS guidance anymore, but for the quarter that ended June 28 the company told the Street to expect revenues to come in between $36 billion and $38 billion.

The consensus among the more than two dozen analysts polled by Fortune -- 15 Wall Street professionals and 12 amateurs -- is that Apple will report revenues of $38.4 billion. The amateurs, as usual, are more bullish than the pros, although the gap between the two has narrowed considerably over the past two and a half years.

We’ll find out who was closest to the mark when Apple reports its fiscal Q3 2014 earnings after the markets close on Tuesday.

Below: Their recent track records.

Handicapping q3 2014

See also: How many iPhones, iPads and Macs did Apple sell last quarter?

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