The company’s next new product, the highly anticipated Apple Watch, will start shipping in April, CEO Tim Cook said on a conference call to discuss the financial results.
Income for the quarter, which ended 27 December and included the important holiday shopping period, was US$18 billion, up from US$13.1 billion in the same quarter last year. Earnings per share came in at US$3.06 compared with US$2.07 a year earlier.
Record revenue from iPhone and Mac computer sales helped the company’s results, Cook said in a news release. iPhone sales totalled 74.5 million units, the company said. Sales outside the US accounted for 65 percent of revenue.
The company’s revenue and profit also beat financial analysts’ expectations. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had called for revenue of US$67.7 billion and earnings per share of US$2.60. It was the first quarter of Apple’s 2015 fiscal year.