Apple boasts record sales - promises more "surprises" for 2010

Apple has sold over 14.1 million iPhones, 3.89 million Macs, 9.05 million iPods, 4.19 million iPads in the last quarter and 250,000 Apple TVs since its launch, allowing the company to boast its best ever quarter.

“We are blown away to report over $20 billion in revenue and over $4 billion in after-tax earnings—both all-time records for Apple,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, before going on to bash the competition: “iPhone sales of 14.1 million were up 91 percent year-over-year, handily beating the 12.1 million phones RIM sold in their most recent quarter.”

Apple Mac sales were up 27 per cent. and iPhones up 91 per cent unit growth over the year-ago quarter.

It's not all rosy, though, as iPods continue to decline in popularity despite new launches. Sales are down another 11 percent from the year-ago quarter.  

Meanwhile, the company shifted 4.19 million iPads during the quarter, implying that the total number is around the 7.5 million marker for devices in the wild.

That means cumulative iOS sales of 125 million devices last quarter, including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Apple confirmed on the earnings call.

In cash terms, that means the company posted record revenue of $20.34 billion and net quarterly profit of $4.31 billion giving the company over $50 billion in cash in the bank.

Always keen to keep the rumour mill working overtime, Steve Jobs hinted that more is yet to come in 2010: "We still have a few surprises left for the remainder of this calendar year."

Apple is scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday 20 October to launch what is expected to be the Next-gen MacBook Air and a new operating system called OS X Lion.

We will keep you posted.