Apple’s net profit for the quarter, ended September. 29, was US$8.2 billion, or $8.67 per share, up sharply from US$6.6 billion, or $7.05 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier, the company announced Thursday. That was below the analyst forecast of $8.75 per share, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters. Revenue was US$35.97 billion, up from US$28.27 billion and slightly ahead of expectations.
Apple sold 58 percent more iPhones than in the same quarter last year, while iPad shipments were up 26 percent, it said.
Mac sales weren’t so strong, growing 1 percent to 4.9 million units, while iPod sales continued to decline, falling to 5.3 million, as more people relied on their smartphones to listen to music.
Despite missing Wall Street’s earnings forecast, the revenue and profit were Apple’s highest yet, and it announced a dividend of $2.65 per share for its stockholders.
“We’re very proud to end a fantastic fiscal year with record September quarter results,” CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.
This was the fourth quarter of Apple’s fiscal year. For the first quarter, it expects revenue of about US$52 billion and earnings per share of $11.75, the company said. Those numbers are below the current analyst forecast, which calls for US$54.98 billion in revenue and profit of $15.41 per share.