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.

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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.