Apple sells 26.9m iPhones in last 90 days, says Surface is compromised and confusing
Apple has said that it sold 26.9 million iPhones in the last 90 days - boosted by the launch of the iPhone 5 in September.
"The company sold 26.9 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 58 per cent unit growth over the year-ago quarter," Apple confirmed in a statement.
Apple also sold 14 million iPads during the quarter, 4.9 million Macs and 5.3 million iPods - yet another decline in sales based on the same quarter last year, although it's worth noting that the new iPads weren't included in these results.
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In monetary terms that equates to a quarterly revenue of $36 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.2 billion. These results compare to revenue of $28.3 billion and net profit of $6.6 billion in the same quarter last year.
Despite selling almost 300,000 iPhones a day over the past 90 days, Apple missed Wall Street's high expectations.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, also used the company's earnings conference call to have a dig at Microsoft and its new Surface tablet that goes on sale on 26 October.
Although Cook said he hadn't personally played with the new MS tablet, he was happy to highlight its negatives.
"We're reading that it's a fairly compromised, confusing product," Cook said, adding, "I think one of the things you do with a product is make hard trade-offs.
"The user experience on the iPad is absolutely incredible, I suppose you could design a car that flies and floats, but I don't think it would do all of those things very well. When people look at the iPad versus competitive offerings, I think they'll continue to want an iPad."
The iPad mini goes on sale in the US and the UK on 2 November.