4/21/2010 10:22:00 AM
Apple doubles iPhone sales
Apple more than doubled sales of the iPhone during the quarter ended 31 March, compared with 2009, boosted by widened distribution of its popular handset.
Sales of Apple's mobile device were up 131% compared with the same period in 2009, after the manufacturer made the handset available in China, and widened distribution to operators such as Orange and Vodafone.
Revenue for the quarter rose almost 50% to $13.5bn compared with the same quarter a year earlier, while profits were up 90%.
The results for the three months to the end of March do not include iPad sales, which are expected to add another £654m of revenue. The new device will be released in the UK at the end of May.
Meanwhile, a new version of the iPhone is expected to be revealed in June. The company has already unveiled its updated operating system, OS 4.0, which includes the ability to multi-task.
Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, said: 'We have several more extraordinary products in the pipeline for this year.'