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Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones last quarter, but iPad falls again

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to be Apple’s best performing smartphones ever with a whopping 61.2 million sold in the first three months of 2015.

The figure is down slightly from the 74.5 million sold during the previous three months, which included the launch and holiday windows, but remains Apple’s second best quarter ever for iPhone sales.

The 61.2 million smashed Wall Street estimates of 56 million and is way up on the 43.7 million iPhone sales the company managed during the same period of 2014.

The massive surge is likely down to the iPhone’s new found popularity in China, where growth continues to explode. China is now the firm’s second biggest market, overtaking Europe, the company reported during its earnings call.

Elsewhere the iPad continues to fall in terms of units sold. Apple sold 12.6m  during Q2 2015, which is down from 16m a year ago and the 21.4m shipped in the previous quarter. The iPad was expected to sell 14m during the first three months of 2015, so Apple whiffed slightly.

Mac sales continued to buck the wider trend across the PC industry with the company selling 4.56 million units, up from 4.1m a year ago.

Read more: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5S: Should you upgrade?

In terms of revenue and profit, Apple brought in an astonishing $58 billion (around £38bn) during the period, with net profit coming out at $13.6 billion (around £8.93bn). That’s a 33 per cent increase in quarterly profits compared to this time last year.

The company has also announced that it plans to return $200 billion (about £131bn) to its shareholders by 2017, through the capital return program.

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