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Apple sells 39 million iPhones in record-setting quarter

Apple has announced record September quarter profits, largely off the back of early iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales, plus a bumper period for its Mac line.

The company sold a whopping 39.3 million iPhone handsets in the three months leading up until the end of September, which includes just over a week of new iPhone figures.

The iPhone haul is up by over 5 million, based on last year’s figures, as the company brought in a gargantuan net profit of $8.5 billion (£5.2bn) on revenue of $42.2 billion (£26.1bn).

In more good news, Mac sales are way up again, as Apple eluded to at its launch event last week. The firm crushed Wall Street expectations by selling an all-time record for its computing line with 5.5m sales, up a million from the same quarter last year.

If there is any disappointment for the company, it is the continued iPad sales slump. Tablet units are down from 13.1m this time last year to 12.3 million in the last three months.

The company will hope the newly launched iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2, complete with Touch ID, a new gold colouring, the Apple SIM and, in the case of the Air, a brand-new A8X processor, will see sales rise again heading into the Christmas quarter.

Despite ever-falling numbers, the iPod still sold over 2.6 million media players, which is down almost a quarter from last year’s 3.4 million iPods sold.

“Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” said Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook.

“With amazing innovations in our new iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, we are heading into the holidays with Apple’s strongest product lineup ever. We are also incredibly excited about Apple Watch and other great products and services in the pipeline for 2015.”

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