Apple sold 4.4 million iPhones during the last quarter
of 2008 – an 88% surge on the previous year.
The technology giant also saw a record net profit of
$1.61bn (£1.15bn), proving its resilience to economic conditions.
The company reported record revenue of $10.7bn for the
quarter to the end of December, but at the same time warned that revenue could
fall significantly in the first three months of 2009.
Apple chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer, said
the company expected revenue in the range of about $7.6bn to $8bn for the first
quarter of this year.
The company sold 22.7 million iPods during the period
– up 3% on the year before. MacBook sales rose by 9% year-on-year, but desktop
sales fell by 25%.
Apple chief Steve Jobs said: ‘Even in these
economically challenging times, we are incredibly pleased to report our best
quarterly revenue and earnings in Apple history – surpassing $10bn in revenue
for the first time ever.’