Apple reports surge in iPad and iPhone sales

Wednesday, April 25th 2012
Apple iPad and iPhone sales up in Q1
Shipments of the iPad rose by 151 per cent year on year in the first three months of 2012.

Apple saw a surge in sales of its smartphones and tablets during the second quarter of its 2012-13 financial year.

The California-based tech giant saw its revenue and profit for the three months to March 31st climb to $39.2 billion (£24.3 billion) and $11.6 billion respectively.

During the period, Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones, up by 88 per cent year on year, while iPad shipments surged by 151 per cent to hit 11.8 million.

Four million Macs and 7.7 million iPods were also sold in the quarter, although the latter figure represented a year-on-year decline of 15 per cent.

Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, said: "The new iPad is off to a great start and across the year you're going to see a lot more of the kind of innovation that only Apple can deliver."

Released on March 16th, the new iPad shifted three million units during its first weekend on the market, making it the strongest-ever iPad launch.