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Apple blows past quarterly sales records

Alex Scroxton
Yet again, Apple has powered to another record quarter for sales and profits, posting net profit of $3.07bn (£1.99bn) on sales of $13.49bn during the three months to 27 March.

These figures represent year-on-year growth of 89.7% and 48.6% respectively.

The vendor claims to have sold 2.94 million Macintosh computers during its fiscal Q2, up 33%, while also racking up 8.75 million iPhone sales, representing growth of 131%. The iPhone's music-playing capabilities continued to cannibalise shipments of the iconic iPod, which slipped 1%.

Sales of Apple's new slate computer, the iPad, were not reported as the launch date fell towards the end of the quarter, but Cupertino is thought to have sold between 400,000 and 500,000 units to date. The vendor has attracted some local flak for putting back the UK launch date of the device.

In a statement, Apple boss Steve Jobs also claimed there were some "extraordinary new products in the pipeline" for the next 12 months.

At least one of these products is now thought to be a new iPhone device; the figures came the day after technology blog Gizmodo acquired what appeared to be a leaked next-generation iPhone.

The fate of the Apple engineer who misplaced the device in a California bar is unknown.
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